National Building Museum launches city-wide collaboration commemorating 1968

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On January 6, lectures, hands on activities, live music, and more commemorate 50th anniversary of historic year

On January 6 from 11 am to 4 pm, the National Building Museum and The 1968-2018 Collaborative present an all ages event that explores 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.

Activities and collaborators include:

  • Discover Marion Barry’s impact on D.C.’s built environment with George Derek Musgrove, co-author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital
  • Map the events of 1968 through photographs and first-hand accounts with the Washington Architectural Foundation and the DC Public Library’s Special Collections
  • Listen to live music evocative of 1968 performed by the National Symphony Orchestra
  • Learn how to preserve your family heirlooms in a personal archiving workshop with DC Public Library
  • Review community organizing posters, maps, and more with the Historical Society of Washington D.C. and National Building Museum curator Sarah Leavitt
  • Visualize 1968 in photos of activism, art, architecture, and everyday life with Marya Annette McQuirter, curator of the dc1968 project
  • Use words and music to inspire action and break cycles of violence with One Common Unity‘s youth Fly By Light Performance Troupe
  • Write and illustrate your thoughts and feelings about D.C. with artist Suhmita Mazumdar and contribute to a growing display of collective stories

A full slate of events is listed here:

Saturday, January 6, 11 am–4 pm

Free. Drop in event, all ages encouraged

National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 2001

Metro: Red Line, Judiciary Square

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.

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