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In this short documentary, the Seafarers Yacht Club is introduced as the first African American yacht club in the United States. Founded by Lewis Green, the club has attracted African American boaters across Washington, DC. The club's large strides…

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A rubber doll called "Mary Jane" by its contributor, Patricia Ford Neal. She acquired the doll sometime between 1956-1958 in her childhood when her aunt gave it to her. Her aunt "sent the doll to Santa Claus" to get hair in the same decade, which the…

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Capers is a one-woman show based on the stories of families at the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg public housing projects - also known as 'Capers - in southeast DC who protested the government-funded relocation and demolition of their neighborhood. This…

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A porcelain doll called "Mary Jane" by its contributor, Patricia Ford Neal. She acquired the doll in about 1956 in her childhood. Neal recalled that the doll was fragile, which meant that her family allowed her to play with on Christmas day each…

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A video of the history of Full Gospel Tabernacle Church. This video features a footage of a October 17th community block party in which a woman reads church history and another offers a spoken word performance. It also includes short edited clips of…

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This is the Cardozo High School yearbook for the year 1954. It was called "Purple Wave." It was probably owned by Martrel Blackwell King according to an inscription on its inside cover. Featured pages include a section recognizing the "Silver…

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This is the McKinley High School yearbook for the year 1967. It was called "Techite". Its open pages features inscriptions from students for Patricia Ford, and a "Foreword" for the yearbook. Also inserted is copy of the 1987 "20th Year Class Reunion"…

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This is the memory book pamphlet for McKinley High School's 20th Anniversary celebration. The book created in 1987 features letters of welcome to the alumni from President Ronald Reagan, Mayor Marion Barry, and the Superintendent of the District of…

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Three highly personal riffs on the events that rocked Washington's 14th Street Corridor in the tumultuous days following the assassination of Martin Luther King. 14th Street Freestyle: 68298 was directed by Aminata Ahmadu, Nkese Essein-Ibok, Kiana…

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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…

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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…

In 2010, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC sponsored a public screening of the film, "Crips and Bloods: Made in America", as part of a series on Juvenile Justice related to that year's Big Read novel. Following the screening, the Council held…

In 2010, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC sponsored a public screening of the film, "Sentenced Home", as part of a series on Juvenile Justice related to that year's Big Read novel. Following the screening, the Council held a moderated public…

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This pamphlet, produced in honor of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop's 40th Anniversary, explores the history of the organization through oral history interviews with past and present members. Click here to view the pamphlet.

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The Church recognized the year 1971 as the Golden Year Celebration; “Hither to, hath the Lord led us”: it marked the 50th Anniversary of the Church. Always located in the Anacostia section of Southeast, Washington, DC, it has been known as the…

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In this research video, students at the Richard Wright Public Charter School researched the history of their school's building, the Blue Castle, utilizing historical archives. The landmark proved to have a rich background, and students discovered…

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MetroGnomes were a DC area a capella group made up of people with regular day jobs. The group sang primarily popular hits from the 50s-80s. This video shows their complete performance at the 9th Annual Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival.

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A Capital Community explores the economic and social adjustments of Jews who moved from urban areas into the largely rural life style of pre-World War II Washington. The film also highlights their preservation of a distinctive religious and cultural…

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Eleanor W. Taylor, Chair of the Department of English at Howard University, along with poet and founder of Third World Press, Haki Madhubuti come together in honor of celebrating Hearts Day 2008 with award-winning writer, Edward P. Jones. He talks…

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A member of the Cuban Marielito community on a park bench across the street from the church, 1984. The Mariel boatlift brought tens of thousands of Cuban exiles to the United States in 1980.

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Miriam Rivkin as a new Women's Auxiliary Air Corps recruit in 1943. Rivkin was born on July 22, 1922 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and served in the military for two years where she worked as a photographer in India. This photo was taken by her father, J.L.…

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This 41 minute documentary surveys the history of African American women authors in Washington, DC including: Jessie Fauset, Angelina Grimke, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and May Miller Sullivan.

The film is narrated by Dr. Jeanne-Marie Miller and…

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This video confronts the corrosive impact of racism on the self-esteem of African Americans. The narrative focuses especially on the burden of "colorism"--the caste system that classifies blacks according to how closely their appearance conforms to a…

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A 1986 documentary examining the impact and focus gospel music has given to one family from the South. "A Singing Stream" explores the family tradition of gospel music by following the lives of Bertha Landis and her family members. The Landis…

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This image from a photo album kept by Pastor R.V. Coger and First Lady Ophelia Coger, depicts an image of church life from the 1960s. The photograph was taken from the rear of the space that is now Matthews Memorial Baptist Church's Russell Hall, the…
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