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1968: Shaping the District
January 6 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm EST
Free, drop-in. All ages encouraged.
Connect with a variety of organizations to explore D.C. as it was in 1968: a predominantly African American city in a complex time of grassroots organizing, groundbreaking initiatives, creative expression, racism, protests, and activism. Hear historian Dr. Marya McQuirter and others talk about the people, places, and stories of the time. Listen to music evocative of the year, performed by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra. Engage in conversations and share your own stories. Gain a broader picture of 1968 beyond the uprisings after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. This collaborative event launches a year of programming and exhibitions throughout the city marking the 50th anniversary of this historic year.
The National Building Museum presents this event in partnership with others in The 1968–2018 Collaborative, a group of individuals, institutions, and organizations planning events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the entire year of 1968 in Washington, DC. Chaired by Marya Annette McQuirter, the 1968-2018 Collaborative is an extension of the work initiated by Bernard Demczuk, historian of Ben’s Chili Bowl. For information about additional events and resources, visit dc1968.org and #dc1968 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.