Fauntroy Honored In Absentia for Dedication to Civil Rights, D.C.
By James Wright
Friends and family members honored the work of the District’s coordinator for the 1963 March on Washington and the city’s first delegate in the 20th century to represent the nation’s capital in the U.S. Congress.
The Rev. Walter Fauntroy, who served as the District’s delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971-1991, received recognition for his civil rights work in the city and his political impact on Capitol Hill, during a tribute hosted by District attorney Johnny Barnes and former Ward 6 advisory neighborhood commissioner Keith Silver at Tony Cheng’s Restaurant in Northwest on Thursday, Aug. 22. Barnes, 64, said Fauntroy has always been more than generous when it comes to helping others.
“He lived his life in sacrifice so that we could live in comfort,” Barnes told about 90 guests, who came out on a warm and sultry evening to honor the man of the hour, prior to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Silver, a resident of Northwest, said that Fauntroy didn’t attend the tribute because he’s traveling overseas. However, Fauntroy’s wife, Dorothy, and son, Marvin attended the event along with his brother, Billy, and nephew, Michael Fauntroy, a nationally-known political scientist.