Stanley Anderson

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Phillip Ratner
Stanley Anderson
c. 1977
graphite on paper
Frame: 18 5/16 × 15 1/4 × 3/4 in. (46.5 × 38.8 × 1.9 cm)
Lifelong D.C. resident and inaugural D.C. City Council member Stanley Anderson (1927 – 1998) graduated from Howard University. He began his career in government as a playground assistant, and was later named Deputy Director of the Neighborhoods Center Division of the D.C. Recreation Department. While working towards a MA degree in social work, he was appointed to the D.C. City Council by President Lyndon Johnson, where he advocated for the city’s disadvantaged youth. After his three-year term expired, he was reappointed by President Richard Nixon. An active community member, he belonged to the Bethlehem Baptist Church, managed the Carver Theater, and served in a leadership capacity on the President’s Citizens Advisory Committee, the Greater Anacostia People’s Corporation, and the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum Advisory Board. This portrait captures Anderson’s bookish appearance by emphasizing his signature thick black-rimmed glasses.
In 1977, the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum’s Board of Directors voted to include Anderson’s portrait in “Phil Ratner’s Washington,” an exhibition honoring current and former Anacostia residents who contributed to the civic life of the community.
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