In the past few weeks of protests, raised fists have been a powerful symbol of the strength and passion of the Black Lives Matter struggle for racial justice.
John Lewis’s life and legacy was both mourned and celebrated this week in D.C.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve missed being able to visit our friends at the Zoo. Thankfully, as of July 24, the Zoo is once again open to visitors!
The current Black Lives Matter protests have caused a nationwide rethinking of what types of statues belong on public display as representatives of our history and culture. If we decide to replace some statues with new ones, then even more complex decisions have to be made on who to honor and how to portray them…. Continue reading
Native Washingtonians Airro, L, Loso and Xanyy have been at Black Lives Matter Plaza from the beginning of the protests. Immediately following the murder of George Floyd when the crowds were gathering day and night and tensions and anger were very high, the group decided that they wanted to be a voice too, but a voice through dance, a voice that would give people pause for a moment or longer, a voice to bring a bit of a balance to the anger.
Fireworks and concerts on the mall and neighborhood fireworks displays are annual traditions in Washington, DC but there is another tradition that acknowledges that independence was not accorded to all citizens on the July 4, 1776. Each year before the current pandemic one at the Frederick Douglass’ Cedar Hill home in Anacostia, there is a program that includes the reading of Douglass’ speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
Today the House of Representatives is voting on making D.C. the 51st state. While this bill is likely to pass the House, it’s unlikely to succeed in the Senate. But it is an historic event, the first vote on statehood in the past 25 years, and brings the possibility of D.C. statehood closer. Statehood is… Continue reading
June is Pride Month, which normally means a massive parade through the Dupont Circle area, a street festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, and many other events that are celebratory or mark important events in the progress of LGBTQ rights. This year is different both because of the pandemic, and because of the importance of the Black… Continue reading
A comprehensive collection of images from Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd, by local D.C.-area photographers.
As protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd continued for a second week, they were peaceful, massive, and continuous in D.C.