Petula Dvorak

02/11/2017 - 12:00pm

    All weekend, he flipped the pages of the reservations book to show how full it was and apologized to the folks trying to get into Cedar Hill, the Washington home of Frederick Douglass.

    "Sorry, we're really booked. Black History Month, you know? It books up fast," the National Park...

02/03/2017 - 11:00am

    When they came through the arrivals gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1968, my parents could have been seen as a threat.

    It was the middle of the Cold War, and my parents - my mom was 21 and my dad was 23 - had spent their entire...

01/31/2017 - 6:00pm

    We began Wednesday morning with the sight of Greenpeace activists scaling a 270-foot construction crane in downtown Washington and unfurling a gigantic orange and black banner that bore the message: "RESIST." We ended the day with several hundred protesters marching to the White House to...

01/29/2017 - 12:00pm

    There were gasps in the room, heads shaking.

    "This cannot be real," said a woman wearing an embroidered shalwar kameez the same shade of powder blue as the First Lady's inaugural outfit.


01/24/2017 - 10:00am

    Women everywhere. Pink hats, black hats, hard hats, no hats. A crushing polite crowd, well prepared with healthy snacks and tissues. A crowd so sprawling, it nearly covered the march route end-to-end. It was mighty and powerful.

    Best of all, there...

01/23/2017 - 8:00am

    This is when grace leaves the White House.

    Without talking about politics or policy, without getting into race or class, red or blue, the Obamas set a remarkable standard for personal decency and civility during their years as our first family....

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