On the second anniversary of D.C. journalist Charnice Milton’s murder, which remains unsolved, we published an online piece by her former colleague John Muller, who conceived the idea to launch an east-of-the-river bookstore in her honor in a basement space at the offices of We Act Radio. Touched readers wrote in to say they appreciated his reflections about Milton’s considerable talents and good nature, not to mention his initiative to create something tangible and needed in her memory.
“Kudos to John Muller for this great idea … a great way to pay homage to her legacy and achievements,” TatuBaby wrote, adding thanks as well for We Act Radio’s Kymone Freeman, who offered up the space. “Thank goodness, we still have Muller reporting on issues EOTR. He is one of the most underrated journalists is the District.”
And, wrote Mark Collins, “What can I say in response to an article that leaves me happy, sad, and hopeful? It’s been a while since I’ve read an article in CP that is provocative and at the same time causes me to be reflective. Provocative in the sense that one has to wonder what articles and scandals Charnice Milton may have written about and uncovered if she was still with us and how we all may have benefitted from that. Reflective in the sense that, once again, another random act of violence that all too often visits those who live, work, or reside east of the river. … Kudos to John for pointing out the ‘book desert’ in Anacostia and conceiving the idea for a community bookstore, something often overlooked because many of us have access to multiple bookstores where we live and work.”
And from kture, “Charnice and you are observing the lives of those folk who have been dismissed and ignored. It is beautiful, though, that you recognized your value to each other and the fact that you have taken steps to ensure her legacy.”
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: We incorrectly reported last week that Bluejacket’s Turning Road IPA is named after a Paul Cezanne painting. In fact, it is named after one by André Derain.