The Langston Terrace community celebrated its 83rd anniversary as well as the end of summer.
Community members were treated to a bounce house, music, and food on Saturday, August 28, as part of the annual festivities around the anniversary of the oldest public housing built in Washington, D.C.
Langston Terrace, a national historic landmark, is among the oldest public housing communities in the nation. It is the first community that was built by an African American for African Americans.
Children enjoyed a game truck, tours on a firetruck, face painting and more. Additionally, Dr. Lonise Bias, the mother of the late Len and Jay Bias, spoke words of encouragement and prayed for the community.
The Langston Terrace Resident Council President Esther Hardesty, in her last year at the helm, praised her community and those who supported the effort. That included Maude Ababio, Sean Lee Washington, Lashaun Hulett, April Hulett, Allen Harrison, Jimmie Hulett, Resident Council Vice President Margaret Presser, Nahla Hulett, and A’maya Hulett.
Hardesty also recognized ANC Commissioner Bernice Blacknell for her donation of backpacks to the children of Langston Terrace. As well as the Department of Behavioral Health and Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement for their support.
Additionally, Hardesty sent a special thank you to Gail Avent of Total Family Care Coalition for sponsoring the event.