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UDC Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with an Art Exhibit by Dr. Synthia Saint James

Washington, DC—In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, the University of the District of Columbia’s Community College (UDC-CC) in partnership with the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Arts and Sciences (UDC-CAS), is pleased to welcome renowned multicultural visual artist Dr. Synthia Saint James as featured lecturer and exhibitor on Wednesday, September 11, from 5-7:30 p.m. The event will take place in Gallery 42 (Building 42) on the Van Ness Campus, located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.  

The event will feature commentary by Dr. Saint James, a question and answer session, followed by light refreshments. Dr. Saint James will also present her latest painting titled “The Dream”, a piece inspired by the infamous words in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech. Audience members will have the opportunity to view the actual work of art during the exhibit. The event is designed to give an in-depth look at several masterpieces in Dr. Saint James’ collection. 

Additionally, Dr. Saint James’ artwork will be available for public viewing from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11 through Friday, September 13. The events are free and open to the public. As part of her commitment to student success, Dr. Saint James will donate 40% of all sale proceeds to the sponsoring institutions. 

Dr. Saint James is an artist, author, keynote speaker and educator. She is best known for the cover art of Terry McMillan's book Waiting to Exhale and for designing the first Kwanzaa stamp for the United States Postal Service, which was issued in 1997. Dr. Saint James has illustrated 23 children’s books, three poetry books, a book of affirmations, and a cookbook. She has garnered numerous awards over her forty-plus year career, including the prestigious Trumpet Award in 2010.

What: Art Exhibit featuring Synthia Saint James

When: Wednesday, September 11, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, Gallery 42, Building 42

For more information about this event, please contact Mamei Willie-Bonglo at or La Tanya L. Rogers, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at