WASHINGTON DC TRIVIA
Washington DC is home to Georgetown University, Howard University, George Washington University, American University. With University of Maryland at College Park and George Mason University close by, its one of America’s top college regions.
More than 10 million Amtrak passengers travel between Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, New Haven and Boston each year. Train service in the Northeast Corridor is larger than most international airports.
Washington DC metro area with headquarters by BET, Radio One, Fannie Mae, Marriott, Lockheed Martin, Freddie Mac, US Airways, Gannett Publishing and General Dynamics.
Washington Convention Center rivals McCormick Center in Chicago for size.
Though African American population in Washington DC is declining, it numbers over 1.2 million in the 5.4 million Washington DC Metro Area.
The transportation, offices, housing and shopping between the Washington Metro Area and the Baltimore Metro Area have grown so much since 1990, that some urbanologists consider this to be one Consolidated Metro Area.
Today, due to persistence by the federal government and Metrorail reducing the surface traffic burden, the District of Columbia is closer than ever to matching the grand plazas and boulevards first imagined by Pierre L’Enfant.
Washington DC has a long list of African American celebrities, athletes, social ground-breakers and dignitaries born or made their mark here:
Frederick Douglass – Abolitionist and human rights activist
Father Patrick Healy – 1st president of Georgetown University
Sojourner Truth – Abolitionist
Paul Lawrence Dunbar – Master poet
Mary Church Terrell – Human rights activist
Duke Ellington – Composer, bandleader and musician
Dr. Carter G. Woodson – Historian, father of Black History Month
Thurgood Marshall – Notable Attorney and Supreme Court Justice
Elgin Baylor – Pro basketball legend
“Sugar” Ray Leonard – Welterweight and Middleweight boxing champion
Marvin Gaye – Notable Soul singer and composer
George Clinton – The Funkmaster
Mary McLeod Bethune – Human rights activist and educator
Walter Washington – First African-American mayor of Washington DC
Marion Barry – Controversial, but effective former mayor
Dr. Dorothy Height – Recent leader of the National Council of Negro Women
Robert Johnson – Founder of BET
Ron Brown – Notable U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Randall Robinson – Human rights activist
Rev. H. Beecher Hicks – Notable local pastor
Eleanor Holmes Norton – DC’s first U.S. Representative
Colin Powell – Military leader and Secretary of State
Kenny Lattimore – R&B vocalist
Kevin Durant – Young basketball legend