Keeping the series on historic neighborhood civic groups from the 1940s going, this is the first of two articles that I’ll post today from the Washington Post. It focuses on Petworth. The original article was published on November 10, 1940.
Archive for the ‘People’ category
Here’s a program that’s a collaboration among historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld of Prologue DC, historian/GIS specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group, and others. That sounds fascinating. It is funded in part by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.
From an email:
Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, 1900-1950
Focusing on historic housing segregation in the Northwest DC neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Park View, and Pleasant Plains
Thursday, March 5, 6:30 pm – Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G Street, NW
Sunday, March 8, 3 pm – Mount Pleasant Library, 16th and Lamont Streets, NW
Mapping Segregation in Washington DC is a public history project whose goal is to create a set of layered, online maps illustrating the historic segregation of DC’s housing, schools, recreational facilities, and other public venues. Our first year has been focused on racially restrictive housing covenants mostly east of Rock Creek Park, and the legal challenges to them.
Come learn why many of DC’s “historically black” neighborhoods were once exclusively white, and how more recent shifts in the city’s racial identity have been shaped by this history.
Come see for yourself the maps we’ve created to show restricted neighborhoods, the legal battle lines, and who lived where over the years. Maps tell stories that words cannot.
The next historic neighborhood civic group we’ll feature from the 1940s is the North Capitol Citizens’ Association. In looking at the map it appears to cover the Bloomingdale, Eckington, and Stronghold neighborhoods. In reading the article, I was particularly drawn to the article’s heading declaring that the association wanted better facilities at intersections rather than more parks. The article was originally published in the Washington Post on November 7, 1940.
The African-American Civil War Museum and the DC Black History Celebration Committee kicked off Black History Month last night with a program in the museum that began around 6 p.m. The event began with a welcome by Chuck Hicks, Director of the DC Black History Celebration Committee followed by a prayer. Following the prayer, Judy Williams led the audience in singing Lift Every Voice and Sing.
(Judy Williams singing with Chuck Hicks looking on.)
The musical selection was followed by a dance presentation by CityDance — which was extremely interesting and enjoyable. The CityDance performers were definitely polished and energetic.
(CityDance during their performance.)
After the CityDance performance, a series of remarks were made by Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the D.C. Council; Karl Racine, DC Attorney General; Brianne Nadeau, Ward 1 Councilmember; and Charles Allen, Ward 6 Councilmember.
Following the remarks, keynote speaker Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, president of Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was introduced. Dr. Scott delivered an inspiring speech delving into the life of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, some of the misconceptions of Woodson, and Woodson’s legacy in the founding of Black History Month. 2015 is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of ASALH, leading Dr. Scott to delve into Woodson the reformer as a central theme to his presentation.
Dr. Scott’s speech was followed by another musical selection including the audience singing We Shall Overcome,
closing remarks, and a reception.