Event Details

Join Dr. Natalie Hopkinson for two interactive discussions that explode myths about a dramatic chapter in Washington’s history. Racially biased news coverage, the so-called “War on Drugs,” go-go music and Marion Barry are just some of the key entry points we will use to explore this era of DC’s history. Suggested readings from the Washingtoniana collection will serve as jumping off points. The first session on July 9 will deal with prevailing narratives of neglect and urban blight and the policy response. The second session on July 16 will focus on the counter-narratives of black power and creative control.

Dr. Natalie Hopkinson is a Fellow of the Interactivity Foundation and an assistant professor at Howard University. She is the author of A Mouth Is Always Muzzled: Six Dissidents, Five Continents, and the Art of Resistance and Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City

For more information contact Washingtoniana librarian Michele Casto at [email protected]

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This event is part of a series of seminars inspired by the teach-ins at Resurrection City, the Poor People’s Campaign civil rights encampment on the National Mall during the summer of 1968. The series is part of DC Public Library’s year of art, activism and education commemorating the 50th anniversary of the events of 1968.

Visit dclibrary.org/1968 for more information.

  • When: Monday, Jul. 16 - 10:30 pm
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    Tuesday, Jul. 17 12:30 am

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