WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) – The Council of the District of Columbia in the Nation’s capital began its Tenth Legislative Session of 2009 with a presentation of the “Askia Muhammad Recognition Resolution of 2009.”

The presentation was made June 2 by its author, At-Large Council member Michael Brown, who was joined at the podium for the official reading and presentation by Chairman Vincent Gray, members Marion Barry (Ward 8), Jim Graham (Ward 1), Harry Thomas (Ward 5), Mary Cheh (Ward 3), and David Catania (At-Large).

The resolution was intended: “To recognize Askia Muhammad host of WPFW 89.3 FM’s Tuesday Morning Jazz program for 30 years of news, world events, and jazz programming benefiting radio listeners in the District of Columbia.”


“Whereas,” the resolution says in part, “during Askia Muhammad’s career, he has examined a wide range of issues, particularly the ongoing movement for statehood, self-determination, and full democratic rights on behalf of over 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia, the capital of the world’s leading democracy; and:

“Whereas, Askia Muhammad today serves as WPFW’s News Director, writes a weekly column for The Washington Informer, and contributes to numerous other media outlets,” including The Final Call newspaper; Howard University’s WHUT-TV 32, public radio’s ‘Sondprint’ series, as well as National Public Radio (NPR), for which he has been recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists;” Therefore, the resolution was adopted and:

“The Council of the District of Columbia applauds Askia Muhammad, WPFW News Director and host of the station’s Tuesday Morning Jazz program, for 30 years of uninterrupted service to radio listeners in the District of Columbia,” the resolution reads.

The Final Call salutes Askia Muhammad, our senior correspondent, for his long career as a journalist and media professional.