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THURSDAY January 17, 2019—George Derek Musgrove

Chocolate City

When 250,000 protesters headed home after the March on Washington in 1963, about 10 percent of them were already home.  As D.C. residents, they were natives of a city that was a symbol of democracy that had no representation in Congress, no voting rights, and was governed by three men appointed by the president. The history of D.C., documented in monumental scope by two college professors, marches from the Nacostine (rendered in English as Anacostia) Indians to the census of 2014. It is a riveting story in which race is the central fault line.    

George Derek Musgrove is an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  He is an authority on post World War II United States history with an emphasis on African American politics. He is the author, with Chris Myers Asch, of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital. He is working on a project on the black nationalist resurgence and the changing nature of black protest in the post-Civil Rights period.