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September’s Coffee Chat will feature Bob Yule, who directed the project From Pandemic to Protest: Black Bartenders in DC.

About the Project:

Shaw Mainstreets and Long Story Short Media applied for a grant in 2020 grant to document and record oral history interviews with contemporary and former Black bartenders who had worked at bars and restaurants in Shaw . They aimed to learn how the community has changed and evolved over the years – especially coinciding with the more recent cocktail and restaurant renaissance. In March 2020, they found out their proposal was funded – and then the world changed.

Their project period stretched through the height of the pandemic and the protests for racial justice that came in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The interviews recorded that summer were inevitably influenced by these major events – events that so profoundly affected the city’s black bartenders.

Come listen to Yule and a panel of the project’s collaborators and interviewees as they discuss the topics and themes that emerged from the oral histories!

ASL interpretation will be provided.

The program is free; registration is required. Registration ends at 12 pm on Friday, September 17, 2021.

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