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Julius Hobson, a co-founder of the DC Statehood Party in 1970, has been called “the city’s leading and most effective militant” and “as important to Washington in his way as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were to the nation.” Hobson engaged in highly creative and confrontational forms of direct action to protest police brutality, landlords that barred Black residence, store owners who refused to promote Black employees, and overcrowded, under-resourced schools. He mentored young organizers such as anti-freeway activist Reginald Booker and Howard University’s Stokely Carmichael.

In the words of journalist and DC Statehood Party co-founder Sam Smith, “Julius Hobson changed the face of modern Washington as much as any single person,” yet he “kept pointing out the distance left to travel.” Join Smith, along with SNCC Legacy Project’s Courtland Cox, Trinity Washington University President Patricia McGuire, scholar Frederick Gooding, Jr., and Empower DC’s Parisa Norouzi for a conversation on how Hobson’s legacy informs today’s continuing struggle for racial justice in DC.

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