DC History Conference

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Jimi Smooth & Greg Gaskins.

Hola Cultura tuvo el agrado de asistir a la conferencia anual D.C. History, en su número 44, organizada por la Historical Society of Washington D.C.  denominada este año: “Eco y Resonancia: 1968”. El evento se llevó a cabo en la Iglesia Presbiteriana de New York Avenue, con ponencias que fueron de la importancia del teatro Howard como centro de la comunidad afro americana del distrito, hasta de la Gentrificación y la música Caribeña.

La conferencia contó con la presencia de expertos en las diferentes áreas, organizaciones comunitarias, académicos, historiadores, artistas y miembros de la comunidad que compartieron con el público su opinión y experiencia de una ciudad que ha cambiado radicalmente desde el año 1968 cuando ocurrieron los disturbios después de la muerte de Martin Luther King Jr. y la ciudad quedó parcialmente destruida. Dentro de las actividades, que incluyeron la exhibición de filmes como “Throught Chinatown Eyes: April 1968” y “Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell” y la presentación de libros de autores locales, nosotros tuvimos el agrado de escuchar a dos grandes de la música de aquellos tiempos: Jimi Smooth y Greg Gaskins.     

Hola Cultura was pleased to attend the D.C. History, the 44th annual conference organized by the Historical Society of Washington D.C. This year the title was “Echo and Resonance: 1968“, held in the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, with presentations about such fascinating topics as the import role the Howard Theater played historically in DC’s African-American community. There was also a panel on gentrification and Caribbean music.

In attendance at this annual fall conference were historians, community activists, artists and members of the community. People shared experiences and opinions about the changes wrought to the city in the last half century since 1968 when the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., led to riots that leveled the 14th Street area of the city, decimating one of Black DC’s most important neighborhoods. 

Other activities included the screening of films such as “Through Chinatown Eyes: April 1968” and “Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell”, and the presentation of books by local authors. We had the pleasure of listening to two greats of  D.C. own unique and storied music scene: Jimi Smooth and Greg Gaskins.

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