Peggy Cooper Cafritz is well-known in the DC Metro area -- she started the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, was on the school board, had some of the very first integrated power-parties back in the '70s (her husband was white), and collected African and African American art. The house and art burned on Wednesday night. Even though I've never been there, I still feel the loss. She plans to collect again.
(Huh, I was going to go get mail for Luke and me, but water is falling hard from the sky.)
But in better news, Obama honored a diverse field of folks with the Medal of Freedom, including Harvey Milk, Billie Jean King, Archbishop Tutu, Sydney Poitier, and many others.