Wintley Phipps and the U.S. Dream Academy

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U.S. Dream Academy
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With a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Spelman College and a JD from George Washington University, Binta Robinson is currently establishing the Law Offices of Binta M. Robinson, PLLC. While at Spelman, she sang in a gospel choir. Today, Ms. Robinson continues to enjoy the genre, particularly the sounds of Wintley Phipps.

Wintley Phipps sings gospel music with a rich baritone voice, but singing is not his only passion. In 1998, he founded the U.S. Dream Academy, a nonprofit organization that serves children who have one incarcerated parent.

The U.S. Dream Academy has community learning centers located in eight high-poverty, high-crime cities across the country. The organization purposes to break the poverty cycle by offering kids after-school programs that provide one-on-one mentoring, academic tutoring, technology education, and, most importantly, stability and emotional support.

The U.S. Dream Academy requires each participant to spend 11 to 15 hours outside of school each week in an interactive learning environment, and attentive mentors in the program facilitate this. Their approach focuses on the whole child, concentrating on values and encouraging youths to dream.

Visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Presently involved in the establishment of the Law Office of Binta M. Robinson, PLLC, Binta Robinson enjoys visiting the museums in Washington, DC, in her free time.

Washington is a cultural hotspot full of museums that appeal to a wide span of interests. For history buffs, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is important. The museum pays homage to the millions of Jews murdered during Nazi rule in Germany through a three-floor self-guided permanent exhibit. The exhibit offers a full history of the Holocaust through photos, film footage, and artifacts.

While the Nazi Holocaust is the major permanent exhibition, the museum also has exhibitions on other related subjects, such as the killing of 2 million Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge period in the 1970s.

The museum is free and open every day except Yom Kippur and Christmas, with standard hours from 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. and extended hours during the spring. From March to August, the museum uses timed passes, which can be reserved online in advance. Photography is permitted in the museum, but food and drinks are not. All visitors must pass through metal detectors. The museum temperature is kept low to protect the artifacts, so visitors are advised to dress warmly.