Eventbrite - 225th Anniversary Humanitini: Marion Barry, Jr. and Dream CityThe topic of October’s Humanitini is the concept of DC as the “dream city,” capturing the hopes and aspirations of African Americans newly freed from the grip of racial segregation. The program will look closely at the 1970s and 80s Washington. The seminal event of this time period was the election of the Honorable Marion Barry, Jr.  Mayor Barry represented a generation of African American leaders who transitioned “from the streets to the suites,” moving from the ranks of the civil rights movement to the corridors of power. The program will be held at the Busboys and Poets 14th and V location on October 6, 2016.

The panelists for the Humanitini are drawn from the ranks of the most eminent leaders whom Mayor Barry recruited to join his administration.

Courtland Cox served as the director of the Minority Business Development Office.

E. Veronica Pace ran the Office on Aging.

Stan Jackson held a number of positions within the Barry cabinet.

Commenting on the performance of the Mayor are:

Adrienne Terrell Washington, a former Washington Times journalist, and

Harry Jaffe, a former writer for Washingtonian magazine.  Jaffe also co-wrote Dream City, a book on the Barry years in Washington.

Dr. Cherie Ward, a professor of speech at the University of the District of Columbia Community College, will moderate the discussion.

The goals of the Humanitini are: to engage the audience in a conversation about the achievements and challenges faced by the first long-term African American leader of the District of Columbia after the end of segregation, to reflect on the progress that African Americans have made in the District, and to think about what it will take to finally achieve The Dream.

When: October 6, 2016; 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Busboys and Poets, 14th and V (2021 14th St NW)

Eventbrite - 225th Anniversary Humanitini: Marion Barry, Jr. and Dream City


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On the first Thursday of each month in 2016, at the various Busboys and Poets locations throughout the city, we will look at the history of the city in 20 year increments. Specially chosen moderators and panelists will help link the obscure, monumental, marginalized, and mainstream stories about the city’s past with issues that are are relevant to present-day Washingtonians.

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