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- Kymone Freeman Co-Founder, We Act Radio; Contributor "Anacostia Unmapped" @weactradio
- John Muller Writer for Capital Community News and contributor to Greater Greater Washington; author, "Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent"; associate librarian, Washingtoniana Division at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
- Leslie Jennings Maldonado Reading Teacher at Democracy Prep Congress Heights, Creator of DC Bookapalooza
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