February 8, 2018 7:00pm–9:00pm

Chocolate City: A History of Race & Democracy in DC

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University

Main Campus, 2807 N. Glebe Road

Arlington, Virginia 22207

This is the tumultuous, four-century story of race and democracy in our nation’s capital which often has served as a national battleground for contentious issues, including slavery, segregation, civil rights, the drug war, and gentrification. Co-author George Musgrove highlights the city’s rich history of local activism as Washingtonians of all races have struggled to make their voices heard. Tracing D.C.’s massive transformations from a sparsely inhabited plantation society into a diverse metropolis, from a center of the slave trade to the nation’s first black-majority city, the account is peppered with unforgettable characters and a history of deep racial division but also one of hope, resilience, and interracial cooperation.

George Derek Musgrove co-authored this book with Chris Myers Asch. Dr. Musgrove is an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and for author signature.

Before the presentation, visit the Barry Gallery, also in the Reinsch Library, which will feature an exhibit by African-American artists called “The Lay of the Land” featuring art about James Parks, a freed slave and the only person to have been born on, enslaved on, later worked on, and ultimately laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. The exhibit also showcases the art of Victor Ekpuk, Shané K. Gooding, Rujunko Pugh, and calligraphy by Felecia Brice McFail.

This event is one of Arlington Historical Society’s monthly public programs, offered free and open to the public. It is in partnership with Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. Then turn left and park in the garage at the bottom of the incline. Handicapped parking is available at this 26th Street entrance immediately upon entry at the library. For complete directions to the Main Campus of Marymount University (2807 N. Glebe Road) go to http://www.marymount.edu/Home/Contact-us/Locate-us

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: A free Marymount Shuttle bus is available from the Ballston-MU Metro Station (Orange and Silver lines). The University is also accessible via Metro bus routes 23A and 23T; exit at the N. Glebe Road and Old Dominion Drive stop.


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