1968 was a pivotal year for Washington, DC and the nation. News of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. spread rapidly through the city, and violence was not far behind. What is often lost in this conversation is the fundamental ways in which residents’ perceptions changed. Perceptions about public safety, perceptions about race relations, and perceptions about the government’s ability to affect change transformed.
In partnership with dc1968’s Marya McQuirter and the American Historical Association during their annual meeting, this month’s Humanitini will discuss the ways the events of April, 1968 brought about a simultaneous sense of loss and impulse for grassroots community organizing.
What is a Humanitini?
A public program of HumanitiesDC, the National Endowment for the Humanities nonprofit state affilate for the District of Columbia, Humanitini is an exciting happy hour event where Washington’s movers, shakers, and creators come together to think and drink. It is a place for you to engage with your peers, meet your neighbors, and speak with experts about what makes our city a unique place to live and play.