Thursday, September 23, 2010

Flaxie Pinkett: Social Entrepreneur

New Online Exhibit Explores the Life of a Washington Icon

Over the Summer, The Humanities Council of Washington, DC initiated a project  that will explore the life and legacy of one of Washington's most prominent historic figures – Flaxie Pinkett. Pinkett was an entrepreneur, mentor, and activist, and her efforts to improve the availability and condition of affordable housing in the District will not soon be forgotten.

Flaxie Pinkett's nephew Norris Dodson is leading the campaign to build a scholarship fund in her name for the Humanities Council's youth leadership program Soul of the City. Additionally, Dodson has offered the Council use of a collection of family photographs and mementos that will become part of an online exhibit honoring Pinkett's legacy.

The broader goal of the exhibit is to collect memories, quotes, and stories from the people around Washington, DC whose lives Pinkett touched. These remembrances can be posted here, in the comments section of this blog post, or they can be sent directly to the Humanities Council at

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