From The Smithsonian's blog 'Around The Mall':
In 1945, the Department of State held a competition to create an official Spanish translation of the National Anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” using the original score. Because Spanish translations tend to be at least one and a half times the length of English originals, it was a daunting task. Other translations had already been done, according to Marvette Perez, curator of Latino History at the American History Museum, but none had successfully remained faithful to the anthem’s music and composition.
Enter Clotilde Arias, a Peruvian immigrant, composer and copywriter, who was dedicated to the Pan-American movement. Her winning entry became the official U.S. Spanish translation, but the work represented just a microcosm of a vast lifetime output from a woman, born in the Amazon River Basin who later not only became successful writing jingles and slogans on Madison Avenue but also became a musician, a journalist, an activist and an educator. Now largely forgotten, her incredible journey is the subject of a new American History Museum exhibit, “Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias.”Read more...
Please join the DC Baha'i Community in celebrating the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The celebration will be held on Sunday, November 11th, at 5:00 pm at the All Soul's Unitarian Church - Pierce Hall in NW (1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009). Please plan to arrive by 5:00 pm as we will begin promptly at 5:15 pm.
A Baha'i-inspired concert series returns!
Join us for a musical evening with talented songwriter, musician and producer JB Eckl.
JB has worked with such varied acts as Carlos Santana, WAR and Ozomatli. His solo sound is funky, worldly, and passionate. JB is also a founding member of the the Badasht Project, which has brought so much uplifting music into people's lives. Expect music, passion and soul when JB lights up the room. More on JB's music here: http://jbeckl.bandcamp.com/
Pleased to welcome Payam Akhavan, Professor of International Law from McGill University.
Professor Akhavan will discuss his recently released book, Reducing Genocide to Law, and offer his personal reflections.
*RSVP is requested
Date: Friday, November 4, 2012
Time: 7:30 refreshments & 8:00 fireside discussion
Location: 3239 N St NW #12
Read the full article HERE.
Read the full article HERE.
The Huffington Post published this wonderful article on the the Martyrdom of the Bab which begins with the fascinating question: 'Imagine if you had been assigned the unpleasant duty of having to execute someone you believed was innocent.' Read the story at Huffington Post
Please join us for the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab on Monday, July 9th at 12:30 p.m. at the DC Baha'i Center (5713 16th St NW).
This Holy Day commemorates one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the Bahá'í Faith, concerning one of its Central Figures, the Báb, who was the forerunner to Bahá'u'lláh.
In 1850, Mirza Taqi Khan, Grand Vizier of the new Shah [of Persia], Nasiri'd- Din, ordered the Bab executed. On July 9, the Bab was brought before a firing squad in the barracks square of Tabriz, along with a young follower. When the smoke cleared, the Bab was nowhere to be seen. He was later located in the room He had occupied, finishing a conversation with His amanuensis. The commander of the Armenian regiment, Sam Khan, refused to fire a second time and another regiment had to be found. This time their bullets killed the Bab. His remains were hidden by the Bábís and in 1899 transferred to Palestine. In 1909 'Abdu'l-Bahá Himself interred the Báb's remains in the sepulcher on Mount Carmel known as the Shrine of the Bab. (Compilations, NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Baha'i Communities).
(Read more here.)
Please join us for the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab on
Monday, July 9th at 12:30 p.m.
at the DC Baha'i Center (5713 16th St NW).
All are welcome. Tea and light refreshments will be served.
Please note since the United States observes DST the commemoration is to take place at 1:00 pm.
Consultation and celebration in honor of Race Unity Day
When: Sunday June 10th, 2012 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Where: DC Bahá’í Center 5713 16th St NW
Race Unity Day: Second Sunday in June
Baha’u'llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, implored people to “Close your eyes to racial differences and welcome all with the light of oneness.”
To that end, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States inaugurated Race Unity Day in 1957 to promote racial harmony and understanding. Since then, communities throughout the country have held celebrations, open to the public, on the second Sunday in June.
The purpose of Race Unity Day is to focus attention on racial prejudice, which Baha’is believe is the most challenging moral issue facing our nation. Writing in the mid-1800s, Baha’u'llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, stated unequivocally that humanity is a single race and called on the world to recognize the principle of human oneness in all spheres.
Worldwide, Baha’is have sought to build a model of racial integration by embracing people from all races, backgrounds and classes of society.
The best way to meet the Baha'is is to join us in our regular activities including:*Sunday morning devotions & presentation.
Founded by Baha'u'llah in the mid-1800s, the Baha'i Faith is among the fastest-growing of the world's religions. Baha'is live in more than 100,000 localities around the world, which reflects their dedication to the ideal of world citizenship.