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The 80th anniversary of the Langston Terrace community was celebrated with much fanfare. 

Festivities lasted through the day with performances, speakers, food, as well as goods and services.Local officials, old and new neighbors, and friends of the community attended the event, held August 25. 

Following several songs played by the East of the River Steel Band, Dr. Takeisha Presson, a local dentist who grew up in Langston Terrace, introduced the first speaker, Council member Kenyon McDuffie.

"There is a lot of history associated with this very important complex," McDuffie said. "Let's not forget it. Let's continue that pride when it was created. Let's continue that pride today."

Council member Robert White said that because Langston Terrace was one of the first public housing complexes in the country and was the first to be designed and built by African Americans for African Americans, it still resonates and well represents the community. 

Langston Terrace in Northeast was the first federally funded public housing community in D.C. in the mid to late 1930s. It is one of 51 complexes bulit by the Public Works Administration. It was designed by Hillyard Robinson and features a bas relief frieze by Daniel Olney entitled, "The Progress of the Negro Race." John Mercer Langston, the neighborhood's namesake, was a congressman from Virginia and the first African American to hold elected office in the country.

A series of the community's young people presented a detailed history and the people who contributed to making Langston Terrace what it is today. 

Long-time community friend, Sharon Lockwood, addressed the crowd and remembered the late Janice Wade McCree, who has a street named for her within the community.

Langston Terrace Resident Council President Ester Hardesty said, "I am so thankful for all of you joining us. it is important that we help each other. We have to stand together as a community."

The party continued with raffles, a bookbag distribution by Akoma Foundation, food donated and cook by Chef Giovanni Merle. In addition, the community wanted to thank Rosalind Parker, Marsha Middleton, and Clarence Miles for their work towards the event. 

 

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