Mayor Bowser designates Current Newspapers Day to honor publication’s 50th anniversary

The Current's first edition hit Northwest D.C. on Nov. 16, 1967. (Brian Kapur/The Current/November 2017)

Mayor Muriel Bowser designated Nov. 16, 2017, as Current Newspapers Day in the District in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Current’s first edition.

Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed Nov. 16, 2017, as Current Newspapers Day. (image courtesy of D.C. government)

The mayor’s proclamation states that The Current’s editions — Northwest, Georgetown, Dupont and Foggy Bottom — “are must-read papers for many throughout Washington DC.” Bowser also urged “all residents to support local community-driven newspapers and media such as the Current.”

Bowser was one of several D.C. politicians to congratulate The Current on its milestone. “For 50 years this publication’s staff has had their ears to the ground on local and neighborhood issues,” Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans wrote on Twitter.

The Current’s coverage helps “keep our communities informed and civically active,” wrote Ward 4 member Brandon Todd. “You have been at the forefront of neighborhood news, breaking significant stories that have resulted in concrete action from the Government of the District of Columbia,” Todd added.

The Current debuted Nov. 16, 1967, as The Potomac Current — serving a section of Northwest D.C. along the MacArthur Boulevard NW corridor.