Western/Ellington Alumni to Gather

This weekend marks the first alumni get-together of the Western/Ellington Alumni Association.

The activities are open to all graduates of the 97-year-old school at 3500 R St. NW, once called Western High School and now known as the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. For information, call 759-5547 or 333-6699.

Forum on Black Leadership Scheduled

The Men of Shiloh Baptist Church, Ninth and P streets NW, will hold a forum on "Challenges to Black Leadership: Are Black Elected Officials and Leaders Under Fire?" at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Among the panelists will be the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Mayor Marion Barry, Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.), Dorothy Gilliam of The Washington Post and Calvin Rolark of The Washington Informer. For information, call 890-6948.

Area Writers to Be Recognized at Reception

Writers and literary enthusiasts are invited to the Fifth Annual Authors Recognition Day reception, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Ninth and G streets NW. Books by Washington area writers will be displayed. May Miller, author of "The Ransomed Wait," Nien Cheng, author of "Life and Death in Shanghai," and Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Taylor, who wrote "The Flying Change," will be special guests. For information, call 727-0321.

Performers to Depict Youth Problems

The EveryDay Theater youth ensemble will perform "My Brother, My Life," a story about problems facing contemporary youth, at the Sanctuary Theater, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW, in 8 o'clock performances tonight through Sunday. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Call 745-3666 for information.

Community Groups Win Humanities Awards

The D.C. Community Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded $180,146 among community groups for their help in promoting history, literature, language and philosophy.

The awards went to the African American Museums Association for a film on black migration from the South; Octagon House Museum for an exhibit on District history, and the American History Media Center for a film on the Alexander Hamilton/Thomas Jefferson dialogues.

Winners also included Jefferson Junior High School and the Capital Children's Museum for a sculpture garden; the Ciesla Foundation for a documentary on Hank Greenberg, a Jewish immigrant and baseball star, and the Washington Project for the Arts for a booklet and lecture series on racial identity in art.

Also, Stone Lantern Films for a history of St. Elizabeths Hospital; the National Constitution Center for posters of Rosa Parks; the Washington International Film Festival for the film "Evolution of African Cinema"; the Columbia Historical Society for a film on Langston Terrace, a Depression-era housing project, and Film America Inc., for a television documentary on the First Amendment and religious freedom.