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TUESDAY

District artist Akili Ron Anderson fulfills his mission “to share history through accessible images” through his trademark stained-glass windows. The memorial window he created for Howard University’s Rankin Chapel honors the service of former school Deans Crawford, Hill, and Thurman. Portraits of each are encircled in gold, indicating their status as wise leaders. A long gold road winds in the background, and a dove flies above with outstretched wings, suggesting the Holy Spirit and the powerful presence of the African-American church in the educational and political advancement of blacks. Anderson’s window for the Columbia Heights Metro station, meanwhile, suggests Yoruba textiles; an abstracted bird—mapped out in blue, red, and green chevrons and curves—takes flight from a gray-and-white background. Anderson will discuss his career at 10:30 a.m. at the Anacostia Museum and Center for African-American History and Culture, 1901 Fort Place SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 633-4870. (HL)