DC Community Heritage Project 2018

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DC Community Heritage Project 2018


In 2018, the DC Community Heritage Project grant program provided funding and support to projects documenting the lived experience of 1968 in Washington, DC. 1968 was a pivotal year for the city and the nation. It was punctuated by the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and subsequent riots that raged throughout major cities including Washington, DC.

Applicants were asked not only to look at the destruction caused by the riots, but to take the year as a whole under consideration; to uncover the increased community consciousness and organizing power that came out of the collective anger and frustration laid bare in the spring of that year.



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The Soul Tent: A People’s University Experience
During 1968, the Poor People's campaign gathered at the National Mall to create Resurrection City, an encampment which lasted for forty days. Their goal was to raise awareness of the unfair wealth distribution within the United States.
As a part…

1968: Wilson High School Desegregation Panel Discussion
Alumni of Woodrow Wilson High School were brought together in a panel to discuss their experience going to high school in the sixties, a time of strong political activism and change. Being one of the first desegregated schools in the DC area, many…

Shaw in '68: An Oral History
This short documentary utilizes oral recounts to describe the specific impact that Martin Luther King Jr.'s death had on Shaw, a neighborhood within Washington, DC. The video utilizes photographs and videos to supplement the information given. This…

Spring 1968 Photography Pop-Up Exhibition
A wave of unrest swept the U.S. nation when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Utilizing a unique visual story, this video compilates the work of six different photographers who were active during a time of great political change in…

1968-2018 Small Businesses of Historic Deanwood: A Look Back
Small businesses have continuously uplifted the historically black community of Deanwood. Alice Chandler and Deborah Jones detail the rich history of small black and Jewish-owned businesses in Deanwood after 1968, a year of sociopolitical upheaval…

Dancing Through the Flames: How the DC Dance Culture Survived 1968
This documentary outlines the dancing show "Teenarama", which ran from 1963-1970. Black teenagers were able to dance on television, which provided positive, well-mannered, and fun-loving examples of African-American people. Dancers from "Teenarama"…
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