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Press Release from the Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Sep 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today she will introduce the Paul Laurence Dunbar Commemorative Coin Act, which directs the Secretary of the Treasury to mint 50,000 five-dollar coins, 400,000 one-dollar coins and 750,000 half-dollar coins in recognition of Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of the most influential African-American poets in American literature.  The surcharge on each coin sold would benefit scholarships and similar activities of the Dunbar Alumni Federation, the alumni association for the historic Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School, the first public high school for African Americans in the United States.  Norton is a Dunbar alumna and will speak at a Back-to-School event there this Friday, September 13th at 9:30 a.m.

Many well-known and accomplished African Americans graduated from Dunbar, including Edward Brooke, the first popularly elected African American to the U.S. Senate; Wesley A. Brown, the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy; and Robert C. Weaver, the first-ever Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“As the namesake of my high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar has a special place in my heart,” Norton said.  “Dunbar is revered as one of the greatest African-American poets in our nation’s history.  The Dunbar name is further distinguished by the accomplishments of many of the school’s graduates.  Minting a coin in his honor would be a particularly fitting tribute to a man whose poetry captured African Americans in their own terms not long after slavery, while also raising funds for worthy causes undertaken by the Dunbar Alumni Federation.”

Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School was established in the District of Columbia in 1870 as the Preparatory High School for Colored Youth.  The school was renamed for Dunbar in 1916.



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As we approach the beginning of a new calendar year, we are also nearing the time wherein the Dunbar Alumni Federation, Inc. (DAF) will elect officers and committee chairs for the expiring positions and time periods indicated below. Please let your voice be heard and actively participate in the nomination and election process. DAF is only as strong as its membership.

In accordance with the Amended and Restated Bylaws, Article IV, Section 4.01, the Annual Membership and Business Meeting, will be held on January 23. 2021, and accomplished virtually through Zoom. Details for joining this meeting by Zoom will be provided. In view of the continuing coronavirus pandemic and out of respect for social distancing, this year’s voting will be held totally by the mail-in (absentee) method and results reported to the membership at the January meeting. Nominations from the floor will not be possible this year.

In order to develop a slate of nominees for the January election and disseminate the information in a timely manner, the Nominating Committee must receive nominations no later than November 21, 2020. Eligibility to vote, nominate or compete for any office requires that you are an up-to-date, financial member of the DAF, i.e., a Lifetime Member or have paid your membership dues (Individual - $25.00 or Class- $50.00) effective at least through January of calendar year 2021. Membership dues may be paid online at https://daf-dc.org/membership or by mailing your check/money order to Dunbar Alumni Federation, Inc, PO Box 60714, Washington, DC 20039. Postmark will determine the date. If you are in doubt regarding the status of your membership, please contact Cecile Mitchell by email at


The Officer positions that are open for nomination are:

  • Chairman (3 yr. term/2021-2024) – Incumbent: Carrie L. Thornhill ’61.
  • Secretary (3 yr. term/2021-2024) – Incumbent: Rosa A. Singletary ’93.


The Committee Chair positions that are open for nomination are: 

  • Audit Committee (2 yr. term/2021-2023) – Incumbent: Wylie Kynard ’92
  • Budget and Finance Committee (3 yr. term/2021-2024) – Incumbent: LuJuan Holliday-Gallmon ’88
  • Communications and Social Media Committee (3 yr. term/2021-2024) – No current incumbent.


A nomination must include name, graduation year, email address, and phone number of the nominator as well as the nominee. For your convenience, a nomination form is attached (click here). A nominee may only be considered for one position. If a candidate is nominated for multiple positions, the candidate will be required to select one preferred position for which to be considered. An incumbent may self-nominate.  Please note that all nominees will be requested to provide a qualifications statement to include why they wish to serve DAF in the position for which they have been nominated. The Amended and Restated Bylaws provides a description of each position. To view, visit the DAF website,  https://daf-dc.org/images/Docs/DAF-Bylaws-Ratified-2017.pdf.

The nomination form must be returned to Donald Wines, Chair, Nominating & Elections Committee Chair by email, at  or regular mail to P.O. Box 64098, Washington, DC. 20029 NLT Saturday, November 21, 2020. Nominations should not be sent to the DAF Office.  If there are questions about the nomination process, terms of office, and/or roles of office, please contact Donald Wines by email at   or by cell phone, 202-270-5057.