Vendor Profile: Reggie Black

Reggie Black. Image by Street Sense.

Reginald Black was born in D.C., attended Anacostia High School and got his diploma from Potomac Job Corps. He has been a Street Sense vendor for almost two years.  

One of Reggie’s favorite activities is writing. He started as a fiction writer but now prefers nonfiction. Reggie is active in the weekly Street Sense Writer’s Group and edits the group’s page, a regular feature in the paper.  

His main interest is human rights. Not surprisingly, the issue that gets his attention is homelessness. Reggie has been homeless, but now he’s living with friends in a good situation.  

Reggie’s wish is to see at least one city in the United States drop its homeless count to zero. He proposes that cities use resources that already exist such as unused hotel rooms and apartments. Cities could also turn abandoned buildings into low-barrier shelters; this would require legislation.  

Reggie always carries a book and likes to read about history, politics and spirituality. He is fascinated with other cultures. Reggie likes exploring the city looking for new and different types of events. He says that D.C. looks different every day.  

Favorite food: Grapes, all kinds  

Favorite movie: Ronin Warriors: The Legend of the Inferno Armor and other good Japanese animations  

Favorite kind of music: Japanese pop  

Favorite place to go with friends: Anacostia Park  

Favorite place to spend a quiet afternoon: Botanical Gardens 

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