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Tragedy, Turbulence, Transition and Transformation: Remembering 1968 Washington, DC
Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
In 1966, CBS’ Mike Wallace interviewed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. about the rising militancy and violence in the movement. On this occasion, and others, King expressed his belief that “a riot is the language of the unheard.” Just a few days before he was fatally shot, he appeared at the Washington National Cathedral in preparation for the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and told the audience “We are not coming to tear up Washington.” On April 7, 1968, three days after King’s assassination, a reporter described the city as having “fires raging unattended, sidewalks heaped with soggy mashed loot; smoke covering all”.
With 2018 marking the 50th anniversary of the DC riots, this in-depth conversation will center African Americans as discussants, examine DC’s social and political landscape, illuminate the personal narratives of black Washingtonians, contextualize the riots that engulfed parts of the city and consider the ways in which the events of 1968 had a long lasting impact on the nation’s capital.
A conversation with Drs. Marya McQuirter and G. Derek Musgrove, moderated by Dr. Bernard Demczuk, Ben’s Chili Bowl Official Historian. McQuirter is the curator of the dc1968 project and author of “African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC.” G. Derek Musgrove is an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and co-author of “Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.”
Sponsored by: Executive Office of the Mayor | DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities | Association for the Study of African American Life and History | American Historical Association