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Dear Warrior Families,

As Memorial Day approaches, I wanted to take a moment to highlight the importance of this commemorative day for Black and Latino communities in our country. Memorial Day not only serves as a time to remember and honor the sacrifices made by all service members, but it also carries a significant historical meaning deeply rooted in the struggles and contributions of these communities.

The tradition of observing Memorial Day can be traced back to after the Civil War ended; formerly enslaved African Americans in the South sought to honor and memorialize the countless Union soldiers who had fought and died to secure their freedom.

On May 1, 1865, in Charleston, South Carolina, a group of formerly enslaved residents organized what is considered the first Memorial Day commemoration. They gathered to clean and decorate the graves of Union soldiers buried at the Washington Race Course and Jockey Club, which had served as a Confederate prison camp during the war. The solemnity and respect with which they carried out this act of remembrance laid the foundation for what would become Memorial Day.

For Black Americans, Memorial Day holds a special significance as a time to remember and honor the many African American soldiers who fought bravely for their country throughout history, often in the face of discrimination and systemic inequality. From the Buffalo Soldiers in the post-Civil War era to the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, Black service members have made invaluable contributions to the defense of our nation, despite facing numerous challenges and barriers.

Similarly, Memorial Day holds for many families of color who have proudly served in the U.S. Armed Forces, displaying unwavering dedication and valor. As we commemorate Memorial Day, let us not only reflect on the sacrifices of all service members but also recognize the unique experiences and contributions of Black and Brown communities. I encourage you to take part in Memorial Day ceremonies, visit memorials, or engage in discussions that shed light on the experiences and contributions of service members. By actively remembering their sacrifices and acknowledging their impact, we can foster a more inclusive and comprehensive understanding of our shared history.

Please enjoy the long weekend, and we look forward to seeing our 9-11th grade students on time Tuesday!

We want to hear from you! 

Please take 15 minutes today to participate in the family survey to help our school with our communication, academic programming, and overall experience for you and your child. You are the most important person in your child's life, and we want to ensure you have the opportunity to shape their school experience.

Click here to complete the Family Survey: survey by Friday, June 2nd.

To remind you, survey responses are anonymous and will only be used to inform future family engagement strategies. If you have any questions about the survey, don't hesitate to contact us at; 202.563.6882 (o). 

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We value your input and look forward to working with you more closely to ensure a great learning experience for your child.

Raymond A. Weeden, Jr.

Executive Director

Parents & Families

School Safety Omnibus Act of 2018 Policies

In compliance with the DC School Safety Omnibus Act of 2018 and in order to enhance safety for students, Thurgood Marshall Academy has published the policies listed below on our website. If you have questions or need to file a complaint, please contact Executive Director Raymond Weeden or 202-563-6862.

School Safety Act–Staff-Student Sexual Abuse Prohibition

School Safety Act–Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment Prohibition

Training to Prevent Child Abuse

Thurgood Marshall Academy seeks to provide parents/guardians with training and information regarding preventing child abuse, sexual misconduct, and student sexual abuse. Parents/guardians interested in a 1.5-hour online training, or those who have immediate questions or concerns, should contact Executive Director Raymond Weeden at

It’s Time for the 2023 PAVE Parent Policy Summit!

At the Summit, parents and community members come together to set the vision for education in the District and drive PAVE’s work for the rest of the year.

Parent Leaders + Knowledge = Power, and your votes at the Parent Policy Summit decide where we focus that power!

Then, PAVE Parent Leaders will present on each of the top issues and break into discussion groups facilitated by parent leaders to dive deeper and vote for the top two issues they believe PAVE should focus on and build a campaign around in the coming year.

Every parent deserves the opportunity to amplify their voice.

Mark your calendars!! Join us on June 3rd for the PAVE Policy Summit, where we hope to fill the room with even MORE parent leaders to collectively reimagine an education system that is created not just for but by and with families.



The Department of Employment Services (DOES), Office of Youth Programs (OYP), East of the River Career Pathways Program Spring Cohorts are OPEN!

For youth ages 18-24 who live in Wards 7 & 8

  • Program Pathways: IT (Microsoft Office Suites), Construction, Real Estate,
  • Entrepreneurship (General Business, Fashion, Fitness), Financial Literacy, and Cryptocurrency and Food Services.

Eligible youth can earn up to $300/week!

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the office at (202) 698-3492 or GO HERE TO APPLY!

Apply Here


Join us for a therapeutic space for Black and Brown youth to develop coping skills for anxiety and other emotional needs. Community Healer Erika Totten and Queen Lin will facilitate six sessions between June 14th and August 23rd. Youth will be paid $25 per session they attend after each session.  

Since 2018, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation has sponsored DC students to attend the Stevens Institute of Technology Pre-College Summer programming in Hoboken, NJ. This includes a full tuition scholarship, roundtrip transportation, and room and board for DC public and charter high school students.  

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation is pleased to offer this experience again for Pre-College Summer 2023. Applications for this summer's one-week on-campus residential experience are due by the end of April. The application takes less than an hour to complete. 

Students will leave DC on Friday, July 7, 2023 - Saturday, July 15, 2023.

Students may apply for the following programs: 

  • Engineering Bootcamp
  • Introduction to Coding
  • Civil Engineering
  • Pre-Med Biomedical Engineering
  • Cybersecurity Advanced (AP Computer Science or equivalent coursework required) 

The partnership does not include other program offerings or different sessions/dates. 

Please get in touch with Joel Rolon, Director of Pre-College Programs, with questions or for more information. Mr. Rolon may be reached at


Take advantage of TMA's offerings. Your teachers are here to support you during Office Hours; we have tutors here to support you with Homework Help, clubs, and athletics. The After-School Schedule is updated regularly and highlights all programs, such as academic support to clubs and athletics.

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