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 a DC-licensed attorney, who is an active member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. 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.

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Visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Binta Robinson is a DC-licensed Attorney, who is an active member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.  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.

President Washington’s School, attended by Binta Robinson

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George Washington University
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Binta Robinson earned her Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School.  George Washington University Law School is one of the colleges at George Washington University and is Washington, D.C.’s oldest law school.  George Washington University has its beginnings in the wishes of President George Washington himself. When the United States was still a fledgling nation, Washington recommended that Congress should establish a university in the nation’s capital to educate future civil servants in the principles of American government. In his will, President Washington left 50 shares of Patowmack Canal Company stock in support of this cause.

The university that Washington dreamed of was not built until after the federal city bearing his name had been completed and then burned nearly to the ground by the British in 1814, an event remembered as the Burning of Washington. Seven years later, in 1821, George Washington University opened its doors, and they have remained open ever since. The final culmination of the first President’s dream came in the form of the Law School, which opened decades later in 1865, just before the completion of the U.S. Capitol Building. Today, George Washington University Law School continues to educate students in the tradition of civic service that its namesake espoused more than 200 years ago.

About Binta Robinson:
Binta Robinson earned her Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School in 2006. George Washington University Law School is one of the colleges at George Washington University and is Washington, D.C.’s oldest law school.

Scenic Cycling in the D.C. Area

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Mount Vernon Trail
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During her time away from work, Washington, D.C. resident Binta Robinson maintained an active interest in bicycling. The Washington, D.C. area has many pleasant bicycle routes for enthusiasts to explore. Here are a few of the best:

The Mount Vernon Trail: This paved bike path rambles 18 scenic miles from Roosevelt Island up to George Washington’s historic estate at Mount Vernon. Cyclists will ride past Ronald Reagan International Airport and through Fort Hunt Park on their way to the top.

The Capital Crescent Trail: A 13-mile ride on a mixture of pavement and gravel, this route follows an abandoned rail line from Georgetown to Rosemary Hills. It is a shady, tree-lined ride that passes through affluent local neighborhoods and offers views of the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

The Rock Creek Hiker/Biker Trail: This paved route was formed by the linkage of various different paths over the years, eventually creating a 20-mile ride that brings cyclists past the National Zoo, an equestrian center, and some nice picnic sites on the north side. The last part of the trail goes to Beach Drive, which is closed to auto traffic on weekends.

There are hundreds of miles of scenic bike paths in the Washington, D.C. area. The above are only a handful of the many options available, ranging from easy day rides through town to grueling mountain climbs and paths over 150 miles long.

Planning, Developing, and Growing the Nation’s Capital

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Washington DC
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A native of Washington, DC, Binta Robinson graduated from the Benjamin Banneker Academic High School before eventually relocating to Atlanta to attend Spelman College. After graduating, she eventually returned to Washington.

A planned city, Washington, DC, was created on land ceded to the national government by the states of Virginia and Maryland. The capital city itself was built on the land ceded by Maryland; the rest of the land, neglected by Congress, was returned to Virginia in 1846. The city’s planner, Major Pierre L’Enfant, a wartime friend of President George Washington, designed a city of grand radial avenues, broad boulevards, and numerous ceremonial spaces.

Although the city grew haphazardly over the years, in 1901 the Congress approved plans to beautify Washington, DC, and restore L’Enfant’s vision. The city today is home to the three branches of the United States government and scores of federal departments and agencies. In addition, about 650,000 residents call Washington home, while the metropolitan area hosts nearly 7 million.

As befits a national capital, Washington is home to a host of entertainment and cultural venues, including the 19 museums operated by the Smithsonian Institution. These attractions, as well as the city’s role as the seat of American government, make it a major tourist destination.

Binta Robinson: What to Do in Washington, D.C., in the Fall

Washington, D.C., is not only home to a wealth of sights and monuments unmatched in any other U.S. location, but it also offers a wealth of options for a visitor seeking a fun autumn trip.

Fall in the Northeast means gorgeous foliage. Even as far south as Washington, D.C., many beautiful colors can be seen on trees as the weather changes. Leaf peepers can plan a tour to view more than 230,000 acres of parkland and experience the colors of fall foliage. Places to see: the National Mall, the National Arboretum, Mount Vernon, and Rock Creek Park.

For visitors who are interested in arts and culture, September and October brings Art4All DC, which is a celebration of art, fashion, theater, and music. This event, which draws participants from 40 different organizations, is always a crowd-pleaser.

About Binta Robinson: A longtime resident of Washington, D.C., Binta Robinson is a graduate and the George Washington University Law School.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Binta Robinson

An avid appreciator of the arts, Binta Robinson benefits from the rich cultural atmosphere of Washington D.C. One among many examples of the area’s artistic venues is the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on the National Mall.

Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1899-1981), whose collected works form the core of the museum’s collection, made his fortune in mining. He began acquiring paintings by 20th Century artists such as Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, and Larry Rivers. Hirshhorn’s interests also included earlier artists such as Thomas Eakins. Possibly the most renowned part of his collection features modern sculptors encompassing Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, and Alexander Calder.

Hirshhorn donated his artwork to the Smithsonian Institution in the 1960s, when Congress established the museum. Prize-winning architect Gordon Bunshaft received the design assignment. His buildings typically promoted form over function; the Hirshhorn Museum resembles a large, cylindrical drum built above a green space for sculpture.

After the groundbreaking in 1969, Hirshhorn continued to purchase art and donate it to the museum. Ultimately the museum’s holdings exceeded 12,000 artworks.