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‘Behind the Headlines’ town hall meeting is June 22 (#behindtheheadlines)

Update: The forum has ended. Scroll down to see Mike DeBonis’s tweets and stay tuned to for more.

Earlier: Issues that affect the District’s African American community — including health disparities, education and the economy — will be among the topics discussed at The Washington Post’s second town hall meeting of 2011.

(See recent Post poll results on those topics here.)

The meeting will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 22, at the Friendship Collegiate Academy High School in Northeast D.C.  You can submit a question for the panel now by sending an e-mail to

Panelists include Maudine Cooper, president and CEO of Greater Washington Urban League, Inc.; Jeff Franco, executive director of City Year Washington, DC; Mark Plotkin, WTOP political analyst; Nikita Stewart, a Washington Post politics and government reporter; Curtis Watkins, director of the Phelps Stokes National Homecomers Academy; and former D.C. mayor Anthony Williams.

Friendship Collegiate Academy High School is at 4095 Minnesota Ave. NE., on Metro’s Orange Line. Street parking also is available.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP, please send an e-mail to

To read about our previous town hall, go to

You can also follow the town hall meeting on Twitter at #BehindTheHeadlines. Post reporter Mike Debonis will be live-tweeting from the event. Follow along here:


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