Thursday, April 12
The 14th Amendment: African Americans and the Meaning of Citizenship
A moderated conversation with Dean Danielle Holley-Walker. Holley-Walker is Professor of Law and Dean of Howard University School of Law.

Friday, April 13
African American Women: A History of Sexual Violence & Trauma
A moderated conversation with Drs. Nikki Taylor and Jeanne Theoharis. Taylor is professor of history and Department Chair at Howard University and author of Driven Toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio. Theoharis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.

Saturday, April 14
Consult Parade Websites for Times
Emancipation Day and Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Float
Students from the Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School, in NE, with the assistance of Blyth Templeton Academy students will design, build, and staff an Emancipation Day Float that will appear in the 2018 Cherry Blossom Parade and the District of Columbia Emancipation Day Parade.

Saturday, April 14
Tragedy, Turbulence, Transition and Transformation: Remembering 1968 Washington, DC
A moderated conversation with Drs. Marya McQuirter and G. Derek Musgrove. McQuirter is the curator of #dc1968 and G. Derek Musgrove is an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and co-author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the National’s Capital.

Sunday, April 15
Mapping Segregation Walking Tour
Historian Sarah Shoenfeld, co-director of Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, will lead a walking tour of DC’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. Racially restrictive deed covenants kept much of this neighborhood off-limits to African Americans until the 1940s. A series of legal challenges to covenants in Bloomingdale culminated in the 1948 case Hurd v. Hodge, which was heard by the Supreme Court. This tour will feature some of the houses and blocks subject to battles over covenants along the shifting geographic lines that divided African Americans from their white neighbors here during the first half of the 20th century.

Mapping Segregation in Washington DC is documenting the historic segregation of DC’s housing, schools, playgrounds, and other public spaces. To date the project has focused on racially restrictive housing covenants, which had a dramatic impact on the development of the nation’s capital decades before government-sanctioned redlining policies were implemented in cities across the country.

The tour will start at the small park across from Big Bear Café at First and R Streets NW and will take 1.5 to 2 hours. Please arrive by 10:45 AM

Sunday, April 15
Documentary Film: The Rape of Recy Taylor

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in the Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

Award-winning director, Nancy Buirski’s, important and searing film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.

Sunday, April 15 6-7PM
Closing Night Concert featuring Grammy-Nominee, Carolyn Malachi
Location: Historic Christ Church on Capitol Hill / 620 G St. SE

Singer-songwriter and lifelong Washingtonian, Carolyn Malachi’s (her great-grandfather, John Malachi, was a local jazz legend) music has been called R&B-ish/Afro-futurist, and she’s been compared to Janelle Monae and Anita Baker. Her musical influences are eclectic to say the least: soul, jazz, blues,and Go-Go, in addition to R&B. Malachi won a 2011 Grammy nomination for best Urban/Alternative Performance for Orion from her album, Lions, Fires and Squares. Her songs have also been included in NPR’s “Heavy Rotation: 10 songs Publica Radio Can’t Stop Playing.” To learn more about Carolyn Malachi and sample her music, click here