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December 17, 2021

Dear Alumni Members, Friends and Supporters:

In accordance with the Amended and Restated Bylaws, Article IV. Section 4.01. Annual Membership & Business Meeting and Section 4.04, this is an official notice of the 2022 Annual Membership and Business Meeting of the Dunbar Alumni Federation, Inc (DAF). The Annual Membership & Business Meeting will be held via ZOOM video-conferencing on Saturday, January 22, 2022, starting at 10:00 am. Registration will begin at 9:30 am. ZOOM instructions and invite are included for your ready reference. A quorum of twenty-five (25) members in good financial standing will be needed to transact official business.

The purpose of the Annual meeting is to announce the newly elected members of the Board of Directors; receive reports on the activities of the Corporation and its committees; and address issues, concerns, opportunities, and events. As anticipated, two thousand twenty-one (2021) has been a transition year. The continuing adverse effects of the Coronavirus pandemic have made this year a better one than 2020 but still a challenging one as a new normal continues to emerge. Our Alma Mater opened in August with a substantial complement of students and faculty, all wearing masks and following many in-person protocols and regular classroom activities taking place every day. Athletic events returned to a fairly normal schedule with the football team enjoying an awesome year. DAF carried out its primary mission of supporting the higher education dreams of 33 students with scholarship awards totaling $44,500 and hosted a box lunch banquet for more than 100 recipients, donors and family members.

We also continued the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Dunbar High School on November 14, 2021 with a pre-recorded video showcasing the history and legacy of excellence of our Alma Mater with many alumni, students, faculty, friends, city officials and supporters participating. Five members for the 4th cohort of Legends & Pioneers were selected and will be celebrated at a luncheon in June 2022. Over $20,000 was raised to support the upcoming 2022 scholarships and membership program of DAF. Impressive citations acknowledging Dunbar’s contribution to the advancement of the city and Nation were received from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Muriel Bowser and City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.

DAF continues to maintain its high standards of business practices, good governance and financial accountability. We thank outgoing Board Officers and Committee Chairs for their incredible service to DAF and welcome the next generation of Board leaders. We congratulate all of you for your faithfulness to the mission of this organization and look forward to working together with you to advance to the next level of high performance in the new normal environment of 2022.


Carrie Thornhill, Chair



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GIVING TUESDAY - Tuesday, December 1, 2020

We give because . . .

It is the Divine Order! Simply put, it is what I am supposed to do.  Albertsina H. Gibson ‘51

I give so that other students can establish a foundation and build upon it through post-secondary education. Donnisha Beverly ‘96, DM

I care deeply about Dunbar’s students and their future. Joyce Robinson Wright ‘61

Paying forward is one of our keys to the KINGDOM.   Austine Brown Fowler ‘53      

DAF’s efforts to support emerging Dunbar scholars are needed more than ever today. Pho Palmer Murphy ‘85

I want to help assure that no Dunbar student is denied the opportunity to pursue advanced education and skills for lack of moral and monetary support. Dalton C. Allen ’57, DDS

[It] would be [a] way to give back to my high school and those teachers that provided me with the motivation to succeed. Blanche Smith ‘69

I give to my Dunbar High School Class of 1959 Scholarship because GOD blesses me with many gifts and I am honored to share these gifts with others. Barbara Powell Johnson ‘59

I plug in to the DAF and contribute whatever resources I have to help make the DAF Mission even more achievable. Derrick Stevenson ‘94

Giving back to give [students] the same opportunity that Dunbar gave me is the reason I give. The Honorable Francis X. Taylor ’66

I give to [DAF] because it is my way of ensuring that the Dunbar legacy lives on for the benefit of current and future alumni. Sonja Garland Harrison ’88, MSW

And you?  Join us!  We need your support now, more than ever!


You can support the Dunbar Alumni Federation every time you shop at Amazon by participating in AmazonSmile. 

You can register at smile.amazon.com by selecting Dunbar Alumni Federation. Once registered, 0.5% of your purchases made through smile.amazon.com will be donated directly to DAF. 

You will still find the same low prices and convenient shopping as usual, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase directly to DAF. 

Remember, all purchases must be made through smile.amazon.com so please add it to your bookmarked sites. 

Thank you for your continued support of DAF and Dunbar students by participating in AmazonSmile!




Support the DAF through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The DAF CFC contribution number is 96118.
Go to http://www.opm.gov/showsomelovecfc to make your monetary donation today. The 2020 pledge season is open until January 15, 2021.
Federal, Postal, Military personnel and retirees are eligible to participate in CFC.
Employees make their donations through payroll deductions which allows you to give in smaller allotments over the course of the year. Retirees can make a one-time donation by check or credit card.
CFC is the most inclusive workplace giving campaign in the world benefiting over 20,000 charities.
Make your donation today!
If you have questions about your agency’s CFC program or need assistance with the CFC donation website, contact or call 202-606-2564.