Meet the 'Save Our D.C. Opportunity Scholarship' Activists
4:15 PM, May 6, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
At least 1,300 school kids and several hundred adults (many of them single parents who had to get off work) gathered at Freedom Plaza to rally for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program in Washington Wednesday. Funding for the program was cut by Congress this spring, and it must now be reauthorized by the D.C. Council and a heavily Democratic Senate to continue. The political road looks very rough, but these kids and their supporters are prepared to "fight, fight" to "put children first," as the chants of the day indicated.
Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, recording artists Ginuwine and Mya, council member Marion Barry, parents, students, and activist Virginia Walden-Ford were on hand to testify to what the program means to the District's underprivileged children. And, the kids did plenty of speaking for themselves:
Ijeny Dean, 6, a first-grader at Ambassador Baptist Church Christian School holds up her sign at a "Save Our D.C. Opportunity Scholarship" Rally in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.
Several speakers echoed the plea of this student's sign, asking Congress not to pull funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship.