Author Archive for Michelle Bradbury

Setting Juveniles Straight in D.C. Youth Court

Eight kids sit swiveling in their chairs, talking and chatting like it's just another Saturday morning. A man in front of them lays down some ground rules.
"You must pay attention, sit up-right," he says. "Don’t laugh or turn in your chair. Don’t be disrespectful. Show respect for the judges."
These are some of the rules that [...]

Today in D.C. History: Harding Tunes In

On Feb. 8, 1922, a hot new technology was installed at the White House. President Warren G. Harding had the very first radio installed at the executive mansion, just as the communications platform was beginning to become increasingly popular across the nation.
The public had to wait until the next president, Calvin Coolidge, to see the [...]

Today in D.C. History: Streetcar Operator Hires 1st African American Motorman

On Feb. 1, 1943, the Capital Transit Company, one of D.C.’s pre-Metro transit predecessors, finally did what The Washington Tribune, an African American newspaper, said would never happen: It hired its first African American apprentice motorman.
As detailed in the local transit history book Capital Transit, B.A. Simmons was the first African American to become a [...]

Today in D.C. History: Marion Barry Leads ‘Mancott’ on City Buses

On this day in 1966, future Mayor Marion Barry led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's one-day bus boycott in protest of a five-cent fare increase. The so-called "mancott" as organized by SNCC and Barry, who was then the organization’s first director, provided alternate transportation for riders on nine Benning Road NE bus lines and urged [...]