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Before Eleanor Holmes Norton brought her considerable political talents to the job, the thankless, voteless position of D.C. congressional delegate was held by the Rev. Walter Fauntroy. Though the position carries little formal power, Norton has had the skills to work with—and even win praise from—the Republican-controlled Congress. Fauntroy, on the other hand, spent a lot of time traveling, even missing some of the few sessions on the District. When he was here, he embarrassed the city by toting placards onto the House floor and labeling at least one moderate opponent of statehood a racist. He also race-baited his way through a mayoral campaign. Today, Fauntroy—now retired from politics—will lecture in honor of Black History Month. Hopefully he will remember the integrationist spirit of his civil rights past rather than the divisive rhetoric of his later years. At 7 p.m. at Catholic University’s Hartke Theatre, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. FREE. (202) 319-5618. (John Cloud)