History, Heritage & Justice





The modern history of our region arguably begins with the Civil Rights Movement. From the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, to the rebellion that followed Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, the impact of racial injustice and reparation has left an indelible mark on the DC region. Today, the District and its surrounding communities continue to grapple with issues around gentrification and policies rooted in systemic inequity – issues with ties back to the Civil Rights Movement.

In honor of Black History Month, and the legacy of civil rights and racial justice in our region, we’re inviting you to a discussion featuring two acclaimed local historians, Dr. Sharita Jacobs Thompson and Dr. Bernard Demczuk. Hosted at Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC institution that played a prominent healing role in the rebellion of 1968, this will be an opportunity not just for learning, but for starting dialogues about the Modern Civil Rights Movement from the 1960s to the present day.

DC is a city rich in Black history, and in the struggle for equal rights and representation. In holding this event we hope to celebrate and reckon with this rich heritage. Please join us for a conversation that’s critical not just for Black History Month, but for understanding the past, present, and future of the fight for civil rights.

Program: 11am - 12:30pm

Optional Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30pm, guests will be responsible for their meal costs