Archive for the ‘People’ category

Historic Neighborhood Groups — Bradbury Heights Citizens’ Association

February 23, 2015

The next historic neighborhood civic group featured from the 1940s is Bradbury Heights in SE. The article was originally published in the Washington Post on October 3, 1940.

Bradbury Heights map

Bradbury Heights article

Historic Neighborhood Groups — Trinidad Citizens’ Association

February 20, 2015

Getting back to the series on historic neighborhood civic groups from the 1940s, today’s article from the Washington Post focuses on the Trinidad Citizens’ Association in NE. The original article was published on November 26, 1940.

Trinidad Citizens map

Trinidad Citizens article

Historic Neighborhood Groups — Arkansas Avenue Citizens’ Association

February 4, 2015

Keeping the series on historic neighborhood civic groups from the 1940s going, today’s article from the Washington Post focuses on the Arkansas Avenue group in NW. The original article was published on October 2, 1940.

Arkansas Avenue Citizens Assoc map

Arkansas Avenue Citizens Assoc article

African-American Civil War Museum Kicks Off Black History Month

February 3, 2015

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.

AACWM Black History Month kick off(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.

AACWM Black History Month kick off 2(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.

Dr. Daryl Michael Scott delivering his key note address.

Dr. Daryl Michael Scott delivering his key note address.

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.

Historic Neighborhood Groups — Anacostia Citizens’ Association

January 30, 2015

Keeping the series on historic neighborhood civic groups from the 1940s going, today’s article from the Washington Post focuses on Anacostia. The original article was published on October 1, 1940.

Anacostia Citizens Association map

Anacostia Citizens article

Historic Neighborhood Groups — American University Park

January 29, 2015

Following up on yesterday’s post on the Columbia Heights Citizens’ Association as it was in 1940, is this window on the American University Park Citizens’ Association. The map and article below were originally published in the Washington Post on September 30, 1940.

American University Park associationAmerican University Park article

Looking at Historic Neighborhoods — Columbia Heights

January 28, 2015

From September to December of 1940, the Washington Post published a series of articles focusing on the Citizens’ and Civic associations of Washington. A review of the articles are interesting for a number of reasons, not the least being that most include maps showing the areas served by the associations which help illustrate neighborhood boundaries. Yet, even with this one needs to keep in mind that some areas were served by more than one association and that there are areas of neighborhood overlap.

As neighborhood boundaries are something that many Washingtonians find interesting, beginning with today’s post on Columbia Heights the series will be reprinted.

Columbia Heights Citizens Association boundaries

The map above and article below were originally published in the Washington Post on October 14, 1940. You’ll noticed that the map goes as far north as Shepherd Street and includes areas today considered part of Pleasant Plains, Park View, and Petworth.

Columbia Heights article

 


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