Douglass Birthday Coming

The National Park Service will observe the 185th anniversary of Frederick Douglass's birthday at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE, with remarks by Douglass's great-great-grandson, Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Douglass Greene.

After a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the civil rights leader, Greene will speak about the Douglass family and reflect on his great-great-grandfather's life.

In addition, students will read their winning speeches from an oratorical contest that includes fragments of Douglass's speeches, followed by musical performances by a local gospel group and the Ketcham Elementary School Choir.

The ceremony will conclude with several other local organizations laying wreaths in honor of Douglass.

For more information, call the National Park Service at 202-690-5185.

Tour Kenilworth Park

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens at1550 Anacostia Ave. NE invites District residents of all ages to join a National Park Ranger on a tour of the grounds.

Program participants will look for signs of spring, including sounds.

The tour is planned for 8 a.m. Saturday. Rain will not postpone the event, but if the weather is icy, it will be rescheduled for Feb. 22.

For more information, call 202-426-6905.

Reagan Building Art

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW is featuring an art exhibit through March 31 in remembrance of uniformed rescue workers who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Thirty-two artists nationwide submitted portraits for the exhibit, and about 50 are on display. After March, the exhibit will travel the country through 2004, finishing with a ceremony involving families of the rescue workers.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. More information is available at

Promoting HBCUs

Shiloh Baptist Church is preparing for this weekend's "Save Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities Weekend," a series of events promoting awareness of HBCUs.

Saturday's event marks the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities Reception and Awards Dinner, at which Tavis Smiley will be keynote speaker. The Tom Joyner Foundation and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will be recognized for contributions to the colleges.

The dinner, to help raise funds for scholarships for HBCU students, is scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Blackburn Center at Howard University.

Dinner tickets are available at Howard's Crampton Auditorium box office. To reserve a table or to contribute, contact Barbara Jerry at 202-232-4200, Ext. 20 or, or Pat Cole Holliday at 202-806-9603 or

On Sunday, the 7:45 and 10:55 a.m. services at Shiloh Baptist, 1500 Ninth St. NW, will feature the Morgan State University Choir, with Dr. Harry S. Wright Sr., senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., as guest preacher.