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Demographics of  Washington, D.C.

                               White          Black       Native American      Asian          Hispanic

Total Population  36.3%        55.6%                  0.2%                 3.1%             8.3%

FACTS ABOUT D.C.
  1. Washington, D.C., had a resident population of 601,723 in 2010. Commuters from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs raise the city's population to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of nearly 5.6 million, the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the country.
     

  2. District of Columbia commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790. The City of Washington was originally a separate municipality within the Territory of Columbia until an act of Congress in 1871 effectively merged the City and the Territory into a single entity called the District of Columbia. It is for this reason that the city, while legally named the District of Columbia, is known as Washington, D.C.
     

  3. The state legislature voted in February 1846 to accept the return of Alexandria and on July 9, 1846, Congress agreed to return all the territory that had been ceded by Virginia. Therefore, the District's current area consists only of land donated by Maryland. Confirming the fears of pro-slavery Alexandrians, the Compromise of 1850 outlawed the slave trade in the District, though not slavery itself.
     

  4. Washington has a growing, diversified economy with an increasing percentage of professional and business service jobs. The gross state product of the District in 2010 was $103.3 billion, which would rank it No. 34 compared to the 50 U.S. states. 
     

  5. Gentrification efforts are taking hold in Washington, D.C., notably in the neighborhoods of Logan Circle, Shaw, Columbia Heights, the U Street Corridor, and the 14th Street Corridor. Development was fostered in some neighborhoods by the late-1990s construction of the Green Line on Metrorail, Washington's subway system, which linked them to the downtown area. As in many cities, gentrification is revitalizing Washington's economy, but analysts claim its benefits are unevenly distributed throughout the city and that the economic growth is not directly helping poor people.
     

  6. Private universities include American University (AU), the Catholic University of America (CUA), Gallaudet University, George Washington University (GW), Georgetown University (GU), Howard University, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
     

  7. The U Street Corridor in Northwest D.C., known as "Washington's Black Broadway", is home to institutions like Bohemian Caverns and the Lincoln Theatre, which hosted music legends such as Washington-native Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. Other jazz venues feature modern blues, such as Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan and Blues Alley in Georgetown. Washington has its own native music genre called go-go; a post-funk, percussion-driven flavor of R&B that blends live sets with relentless dance rhythms. The most accomplished practitioner was D.C. band leader Chuck Brown, who brought go-go to the brink of national recognition with his 1979 LP Bustin' Loose.
     

  8. Washington is located in the humid subtropical climate zone, exhibiting four distinct seasons. Its climate is typical of Mid-Atlantic U.S. areas removed from bodies of water. Spring and fall are warm, while winter is cool with annual snowfall averaging 14.7 inches. Summers are hot and humid with a July daily average of 79.2 °F and average daily relative humidity around 66%.

Straight Facts:

  1. Percentage of blacks comprise 56 percent of the population in theDistrict of Columbia.
     

  2. Blacks were the largest minority group in District of Columbia 
     

  3. Percentage of black-owned firms, 25.9% 
     

  4. 52.9% of D.C. residents are female and 47.1% are male. 

Radio Stations
WEAA 88.9 FM Baltimore, MD Morgan State University Jazz 
WPFW 89.3 FM Washington, DC Public Radio 
WGTS 91.9 FM Takoma Park, MD Christian Contemporary 
WERQ 92.3 FM Baltimore, MD Hip Hop
WWXT 92.7 FM Prince Frederick, MD Sports 
WKYS 93.9 FM Washington, DC Hip Hop 
WPGC 95.5 FM Morningside, MD Hip Hop 
WHUR 96.3 FM Washington, DC Urban Contemporary 
WIHT 99.5 FM Washington, DC Top-40 
WMMJ 102.3 FM Bethesda, MD Urban Contemporary
WPRS 104.1 FM Waldorf, MD Gospel Music 
WZFT 104.3 FM Baltimore, MD Top-40 
WJZ 105.7 FM Catonsville, MD Sports 
WJFK 106.7 FM Manassas, VA Sports 
WMAL 630 AM Washington, DC News/Talk
WCBM 680 AM Baltimore, MD News/Talk 
WYCB 1340 AM Washington, DC Gospel Music 
WFED 1500 AM Washington, DC News 

 

A Touch of History

Benjamin Banneker.

Benjamin Banneker, was previously introduced to and won L’Enfant’s confidence to assist him on the landscape design of DC. A brilliant astronomer, mathematician, author and inventor, Banneker completed the L’Enfant.

ENTERTAINMENT

  1. All Stars Comedy Club -   1000 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024 (703) 739-7377 - (visit website)
     

  2. Axis Bar And Grill -   1340 U St NW, Washington, DC (202) 758-3413 
     

  3. Blues Alley -   1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC (202) 337-4141 - (visit website)
     

  4. Bohemian Caverns -   2001 11th St., NW, Washington, DC (202) 299-0800 
     

  5. Chief Ike's Mambo Room -   1725 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 332-2211 - (visit website)
     

  6. Duke’s City Restaurant and Lounge -   ( jazz ) - 1208 U Street NW, Washington, DC (202) 986-9400
     

  7. HR-57 -   1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC (202) 667-3700 - (visit website)
     

  8. JoJo's Restaurant and Bar -   ( jazz ) - 1518 U Street NW, Washington, DC (202) 319-9350 
     

  9. Josephine -   1008 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 347-8601 - (visit website)
     

  10. Kennedy Center Jazz Club -   2700 F. St. NW, Washington, DC (800) 444-1324
     

  11. Modern -   3287 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202) 338-7027 - (visit website)
     

  12. Mr. Henry’s -   601 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC (202) 546-8412
     

  13. Smithsonian Jazz Café -   10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC (202) 357-2700
     

  14. StandupComedyToGo -   1733 N Street Northwest, Washington, DC (301) 946-1102 - (visit website)
     

  15. The DC Improv Comedy Club -   1140 Connecticut Ave N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (202) 296-7008 -(visit website)
     

  16. Twins Jazz -   1344 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC (202) 234-0072 - (visit website)
     

  17. Twins Lounge -   ( jazz ) - 5516 Colorado Ave. NW, Washington, DC (202) 882-2523
     

  18. U-Topia -   ( jazz and blues) - 1418 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 483-7669
     

  19. Washington Improv Theater -   1835 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC (202) 204-7770 - (visit website)
     

  20. Zanzibar On the Waterfront -   700 Water Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024 (202) 554-9100 - (visit website)

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

  1. Adams Morgan Festival-Adams Morgan celebrates with multicultural music - reggae, jazz, r&b and salsa. Call (202) 232-1960 for more info. 

     

  2. Annual HBCU Career Development Marketplace (visit website)

    The Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Career Development Marketplace was founded in 2001. Created by Tariq Shane as a one-of-a-kind experience for HBCU students that would simultaneously give back to the community that gave him his early foundation and dedication. 

     

  3. Caribbean Carnival Extravaganza -A Saturday parade along Georgia Avenue, the two-day Caribbean Carnival features food, crafts, and entertainment at Banneker Recreation Park. Call (347) 671-1673 for more information. 

     

  4. Fair Housing Symposium -The D.C. Office of Human Rights, and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development present the Fair Housing Symposium to further fair housing in the District of Columbia. Call (202) 347-9151 for more information. 

     

  5. Fourth of July Celebration -Includes a parade, colonial military maneuvers, concerts at the Sylvan Theatre, and a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra on the U.S. Capitol’s west steps. Fireworks. Call (202) 619-7222 for more information. 

     

  6. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday -A military color guard salutes memory of the slain civil rights leader at the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech. Call (212) 619-7222 for more information. 

     

  7. National Black Caucus of State Legislators Conference  (Held in December) - (visit website)

    The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership association representing over 600 African American state legislators from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NBCSL members represent more than 50 million Americans of all racial backgrounds. (December) 

     

  8. National Black Family Reunion -Attracting more than 500,000 people, the two-day Black Family Reunion celebrates with free gospel concerts, health screenings, food, fun and an international marketplace. Call (202) 383-9130 for more information. 

     

  9. National Cherry Blossom Festival -The capital’s fabled cherry blossom trees bloom from late March through early April and festivities are capped by the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Call (202) 661-7567 for more information. 

     

  10. Sugarloaf Crafts Festival -On the last weekend in January, the Dulles Expo Center hosts 300 of the country's best artists and craftsmen, where visitors can talk with the artists and purchase their work. Call (800) 210-9900 for more info. 
     

WASHINGTON DC HISTORY​

President Obama visits Metropolitan AME Church, Washington DC

Washington DC History

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In 1790, US Congress authorized the creation of a permanent Federal City on no more than 10 square miles of land that could be designated federal territory. It was first called the Territory of Columbia. Newly elected president, George Washington was permitted the honor of selecting the site. In a new nation establishing its identity, Washington and his influential peers envisioned a grand capital to someday rival other great capitals of the world. Such a capital required that a substantial proportion of the city be built from scratch. The politically savvy President George Washington selected a lightly inhabited location of rolling hills, farmland and swampland along both sides of the Potomac River. The area would include the small, but established cities of Georgetown, Maryland (est. 1751) on the north and Alexandria, Virginia (est. 1749) on the south.

Virginia, home state to Washington and Jefferson, was considered the unofficial capital of the South, while Maryland at the time, was considered a northern border state with southern leanings. Georgetown, which began as a tobacco port and Alexandria, both had slaves and free persons of color.

A Marylander, Andrew Ellicott was hired to survey the land. French military engineer Pierre L’Enfant, who served in America’s Continental Army, was hired to landscape design the Territory of Columbia. L’Enfant drew inspiration for his grand design from the boulevards and monuments of Paris and palace of Versailles. Swampland in the territory was partially to blame for slow work progress and increasing costs. Congress, dissatisfied at the pace of L’Enfant’s work, some of his landscaping choices, and the size of his architectural fee, dismissed him in 1792. In a fit, L’Enfant took his grand landscape plan before it could be publicly documented.

Fortunately, Ellicott’s life-long friend Benjamin Banneker was previously introduced to and won L’Enfant’s confidence to assist him on the job. Mr. Banneker, a brilliant African American astronomer, author, inventor and mathematician, completed the L’Enfant landscape design from memory after L’Enfant exited. Empowered with national visibility, Banneker also corresponded with Thomas Jefferson regarding the mental faculties of African Americans and Banneker’s opposition to slavery. Due to budget limitations and variable economic conditions over time, the L’Enfant design reconstructed by Banneker was substantially, but not fully implemented. In 1800 the federal government moved to DC, even though the White House and Capital were unfinished. In 1801 the city was renamed District of Columbia. In 1802 the city was incorporated with elected officials and a mayor appointed by the President.

In 1807 African Americans built their first school. In 1814 they built their first Black church. Building progress was set back during to the second British-American War, which began in 1812. Although the White House (then called Executive Mansion) and Library of Congress were burned during the war, in 1815 the city acknowledged the contributions of free African Americans who dug trenches in defense of the District of Columbia. Notably for all DC residents in 1820, Congress allowed them to vote for their own mayor and city council, but their representatives had extremely limited power. Despite their contributions in defense of America and rights as taxpaying citizens, everyday life for free persons of color was still a hardship. The long shadow of slavery made it so.

Slavery was a commonplace, but the sense of united struggle for human rights at the seat of political power had a pheromone-like attraction to African Americans. Increases in free Black population and the abolitionist movement made many European Americans uneasy and embittered. In 1835 and 1836, European Americans rioted against free African Americans in Georgetown. These events, along with the continuation of slavery, set the stage for years of tenuous racial relations in the nation’s capital. An indicator of the economic, social and political power of slaveholders and their sympathizers is that the US Capitol, White House and many monuments were built with substantial slave labor.

Although roughly half of the L’Enfant capital plan had taken shape, all federal structures were built on the Maryland side. So by 1846, Virginia residents petitioned Congress to return their District of Columbia land. Congress agreed–awarding the cities of Arlington and Alexandria with their independence again and shrinking DC land size by one-third. Some open land along the Arlington waterfront was preserved. In 1855 the first Smithsonian Museum, the Castle building, completed.

Between Reconstruction (1865-1877) and World War I, African Americans throughout the South were drawn to DC, in spite of its dual personality. On the positive side, DC was a midpoint between the North and South. It had a vibrant intellectual scene, as personified by the founding of Howard University in 1867. In 1868, Sayles Jenks Bowen was elected the first Black mayor of DC. On the negative side, Congress established a law to pick the ruling body for DC in 1871. This law meant taxation without choice of governance representation, under the guise that the capital should not be subject to local politics. This undemocratic law lies at the core of the city’s budget problems today.

Despite many political and legal setbacks to Civil Rights, by 1910 over 100,000 African Americans lived here; many were the nations Black elite who wielded legal, religious, educational, business and social influence. In the 1920s-1930s Black self-help organizations, banks, newspapers, and artists emerged along U Street. The city supported three Black newspapers, with the Afro-American surviving to this day. A race riot broke out in 1919, partly due to European American soldiers returning home unemployed. DC would remain a southern city at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement from 1920-1960s.

By 1961 Washington DC’s black population reached over 400,000, a clear majority. By the 1970s, Parliament-Funkadelic immortalized this milestone in song by calling DC, “Chocolate City.” In the 1970s, the 23rd Amendment was ratified, thereby returning the right to vote in presidential elections to city residents. In 2016, Congress still does not permit DC’s U.S. Representative a vote in Congress.

Washington DC Cultural Sites

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

With its Grand opening in October 2011, this memorial commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s pursuit of the American Dream — Freedom, Democracy and Opportunity for All; the memorial utilizes landscape elements to convey four recurring themes in Dr. King’s message: justice, democracy, hope and love; the semicircular geometry of the memorial, juxtaposed within the triangular configuration of the site facing the Tidal Basin frames views to the water and Jefferson Memorial; at the entry portal, two stones are parted and a single stone wedge is pushed forward toward the horizon bearing Dr. King’s image; symbolic of a great struggle; on the visible side of the stone, the theme of hope is presented, with the text from King’s famed 1963 speech cut sharply into the stone: “Out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” On the other side are inscribed these words by Dr. King: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness”; the boulder is the Mountain of Despair, through which every visitor will enter, moving through the struggle as Dr. King did during his life, and then be released into the open freedom of the plaza; the solitary stone is the Stone of Hope, from which Dr. King’s image emerges, gazing over the Tidal Basin toward the horizon, seeing a future society of justice and equality for which he encouraged all citizens to strive.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Dawn to Dusk
ADDRESS: Tidal Basin, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Smithsonian Metro Station
PARKING: On street
WEBSITE: http://www.mlkmemorial.org

Howard Theatre
Built in 1910, this 650-seat venue was one of the first legitimate theatres for African-Americans; it joined the likes of the Apollo Theatre in New York, Royal Theatre in Baltimore and the Regal Theatre in Chicago on the national Chitlin’ Circuit; after briefly closing in 1929, theatre manager Shep Allen reopened it in 1931 with native Washingtonian Duke Ellington playing the theatre’s first night; Allen introduced the concept of Amateur Night, its early winners included Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Eckstine; Allen brought in nationally-regarded performers Pearl Bailey, Dinah Washington, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lena Horne, Lionel Hampton, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Dizzy Gillespie and The Supremes, who made their first stage appearance at The Howard. Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun got his musical start by seeing jazz here; following a $29 million renovation, this performing arts landmark reopened with a star-studded gala concert featuring appearances and performances by legendary figures in the worlds of music Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Al Jarreau, Savion Glover, The Roots, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal, Mos Def, Bad Brains, Chuck Brown and Wanda Sykes, Chuck Berry, Chaka Khan, Esperanza Spalding, and Boyz II Men; the restoration houses a museum, classrooms, listening library, recording studio and offices.
ADMISSION: Varies by event
ADDRESS: 624 T Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING: On street
TRANSIT: Shaw Metro Station
PHONE: 202-588-5595
WEBSITE: http://www.howardtheatre.org

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in December 2003. The museum's building, designed by David Adjaye, is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

Phone: (202)-633-7369

Hours: 10:30AM–5:30PM

Monday            10:30AM–5:30PM

Tuesday            10:30AM–5:30PM

Wednesday      10:30AM–5:30PM

Thursday          10:30AM–5:30PM

Friday                10:30AM–5:30PM

Saturday           10:30AM–5:30PM

Sunday              10:30AM–5:30PM

 

National Museum of African Art
Founded 1964 as a private institution, this modern multi-level museum is built mostly underground; it joined the Smithsonian Institution in 1979; features world class artwork from more than 900 sub-Saharan African cultures; also features the Warren M. Robbins Library of more than 20,000 volumes on African art and culture, plus archives for more 300,000 photographs and many documentary films/videos.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-5:30p
ADDRESS: 950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Smithsonian Metro Station
PARKING: Garage nearby
PHONE: 202-357-4600
WEBSITE: http://www.nmafa.si.edu

 

Benjamin Banneker Memorial and Fountain

An elongated circular fountain honoring the self-taught genius astronomer, surveyor, mathematician, engineer, scientific farmer, abolitionist, publisher and maker of the first striking clock of wood in America; in 1792, he published the Banneker Almanac used by farmers, merchants and educators throughout America; when Pierre L’Enfant quit the job before finishing the landscape design of the District of Columbia, Banneker provided the astronomical calculations for the project, and along with Major Andrew Ellicott, he co-surveyed the area and reconstructed the plans for street layout we see today; Banneker authored the first publicly documented protest letter denouncing the Bill of Rights as disingenuous — it was written to then Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, at a time when most of the “Founding Fathers” were slave-owners; Banneker Institute is authorized by Congress to fund raise a major enhancement and enlargement of the memorial.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily
ADDRESS: L’Enfant Promenade and Maine Avenue, SW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station
PARKING: Garage nearby
WEBSITE: http://www.bannekermemorial.org

National Council of Negro Women Headquarters

Founded 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune; national headquarters recently moved into this dual-spire 6-story corner structure to accommodate new initiatives. Dr. Dorothy I. Height took the organization to higher heights as president for more than 25 years.
ADMISSION: Tours by appt
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 633 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Archives-Navy Memorial Metro Station
PARKING: Garage nearby
PHONE: 202-737-0120
WEBSITE: http://www.ncnw.org

The Links Headquarters
Founded 1946, this distinctive corner building hosts an African American women’s social organization with a positive purpose in the communities they serve.
ADMISSION: Appt only
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p by appt
ADDRESS: 1200 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Mount Vernon Square-Convention Center Metro Station
PARKING: Garage nearby
PHONE: 202-842-8686
WEBSITE: http://www.linksinc.org

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
Dedicated to the slain civil rights leader, the library’s Black Studies Division contains the finest collection of DC history as well as a dramatic mural depicting the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 9:30a-9p, Fri-Sat 9:30a-5:30p, Sun 1p-5p
ADDRESS: 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station
PARKING: Garage nearby
PHONE: 202-727-0321
WEBSITE: weblink

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Headquarters
Founded 1913; national headquarters for this distinguished sorority.
ADMISSION: By appt
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 8:30a-5p
ADDRESS: 1707 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: DuPont Circle Metro Station
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 202-986-2400
WEBSITE: http://www.deltasigmatheta.org

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Headquarters
Founded 1920, this is the national headquarters of an equally distinguished sorority.
ADMISSION: By appt
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 8a-5p
ADDRESS: 1734 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: DuPont Circle Metro Station
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 202-387-3103
WEBSITE: http://www.zphib1920.org

Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey Statue
A 12-foot high steel and glass stained interpretative statue inspired by ancestral art from Gabon, Africa; sculptor A. Uzikee Nelson.
DAYS & HOURS: Sunrise to sunset
ADDRESS: Meridian Hill Park at W Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: U Street-Cardozo Metro Station
PARKING: On street

Duke Ellington School for the Arts
A high school renamed in honor of Duke Ellington, it is one of the nation’s most distinguished high schools for the arts.
ADMISSION: By appt
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 35th Street and R Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING: On premises and street
PHONE: 202-282-0123
WEBSITE: http://www.ellingtonschool.org

Asa Philip Randolph Memorial
Organized the 1963 March on Washington and founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; located in the Amtrak boarding area in Union Station.
DAYS & HOURS: 24-7
ADDRESS: 50 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Union Station Metro Station
PARKING: On premises

Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial
Bethune (1875-1955) founded the Daytona Normal Industrial Institute for Negro Girls with just $1.50, later became Bethune-Cookman College; 1st president of the National Association of Colored Women in 1935; served as VP of NAACP and was awarded a Spingarn Medal for her work to uplift the race; she was honored with the 1st monument to an African American in DC.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily, 24 hours
ADDRESS: Lincoln Park on East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Eastern Market Metro Station
PARKING: On street

Emancipation Statue
By modern sensibilities, this difficult to embrace statue was the first of its kind and paid for by funds from freed slaves; it shows President Lincoln in a patronizing stance over the likeness of Archer Alexander, the last man captured under the Fugitive slave Law.
DAYS & HOURS: daily, 24 hours
ADDRESS: Lincoln Park on East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Eastern Market Metro Station
PARKING: On street

Market 5 Gallery
With an African American Director for the last 25 years, this multicultural arts organization sponsors programs that encompass all visual and performing arts, crafts and literary disciplines. Its mission is to encourage the creative expression of DC’s artists and arts organizations by providing an affordable environment to exhibit, perform and sell their work.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 11a-5p, Sat-Sun 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 7th Street and North Carolina Ave, SE, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Eastern Market Metro station
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 202-543-7293
WEBSITE: http://www.market5gallery.org

Howard University
This esteemed university was Founded by Congress in 1867 and named after Freedmen’s Bureau commissioner, General Oliver O. Howard; with over 10,000 students and a student/faculty ratio of 7:1, Howard counts Andrew Young, Thurgood Marshall, and Patricia R Harris among its long list of distinguished alumni; the Moreland-Spingarn Research Center within Founder’s Library contains one of the world’s largest history and cultural collections about the African Diaspora.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily
ADDRESS: 2400 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Shaw-Howard University Metro station
PARKING: On premises and street
PHONE: 202-806-2900 tours and 202-806-6100 office
WEBSITE: http://www.howard.edu

Freedman’s Hall Gallery of Art
Exhibition gallery celebrating Howard University Hospital’s past, present achievements; a permanent educational and cultural site provides visitors with a compelling way to explore how African Americans contribute to health care; located in Howard University Hospital.
ADMISSION: Fee
DAYS & HOURS: Daily
ADDRESS: 2041 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Shaw-Howard University Metro Station
PARKING: On premises and street
PHONE: 202-865-1471 or 202-865-6241
WEBSITE: http://www.huhosp.org

BET Headquarters
In the bold spirit of an entrepreneur, Robert Johnson obtained political backing from a Congressman and seed funding from media magnate to launch Black entertainment television in 1980; BET’s corporate holding company sold a controlling interest to Viacom in 2000 for $3 billion.
ADMISSION: Appt only
DAYS & HOURS: Daily
ADDRESS: 1900 W Place, NE, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood station
PARKING: On premises
PHONE: 202-608-2000
WEBSITE: http://www.bet.com

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Headquarters

Founded 1914, it is the national headquarters for a distinguished blue and white fraternity.
ADMISSION: Appt only
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 8a-5p
ADDRESS: 145 Kennedy Street at 1st Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: Near Fort Totten station
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 202-726-5434
WEBSITE: http://www.pbs1914.org

Lincoln Theatre
Built in 1921 as a first-run movie house for African Americans, it is a significant collaboration between noted theater designer Reginald Geare and Harry Crandall, a leading Washington theater operator; today its fully restored and DC’s primary venue for national touring plays featuring African American themes and for medium size concerts for big name stars.
ADMISSION: Event-based fee
DAYS & HOURS: Visit their website
ADDRESS: 1215 U Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: U Street-Cardoza Metro Station
PARKING: Garage nearby
PHONE: 202-328-6000
WEBSITE: http://www.thelincolntheatre.org

Duke Ellington Mural
An inviting 24×32-foot mural of Duke Ellington in a pensive moment invites all to explore the rich culture and history of the Shaw District; symbolically, the mural recalls Duke’s performances at the Lincoln Theatre; muralist G. Byron Peck.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily
ADDRESS: 13th and U Streets, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: U Street-Cardoza station
PARKING: On street

African American Civil War Memorial
A stunning semi-circular three-foot high wall of steel plaques with names honoring 185,000 United States Colored Troops and their white officers in the Civil War; designed sculptor Ed Hamilton and site architects Paul S. Devrouax and Ed Dunson.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 24/7
ADDRESS: 1000 U Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: U Street-Cardoza Metro Station
PARKING: On street
WEBSITE: http://www.afroamcivilwar.org

African American Civil War Memorial Museum
The first and only museum for United States Colored Troops in the Civil War; find photographs, newspaper articles, and replicas of period clothing, uniforms and weaponry and so much more; today it houses the Family Heritage Center enabling visitors to trace genealogical records of those who served; offers Family Reunion Planning Service; a US Colored Troop descendent visits every month to share stories.
ADMISSION: Fee
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-5p, Sat 10a-2p
ADDRESS: 1200 U Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: U Street-Cardoza Metro Station
PARKING: Garage nearby
PHONE: 202-667-2667
WEBSITE: http://www.afroamcivilwar.org

Black Fashion Museum
The only museum of its kind in America; the Harlem branch closed, but merged its property into this institution; contains nearly 4,000 historic garments by Black designers and/or worn by Black celebrities.
ADMISSION: Small fee
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat by appt
ADDRESS: 2007 Vermont Ave, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: U Street-Cardoza Metro Station
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 202-667-0744
WEBSITE: None

Thurgood Marshall Center and Shaw Heritage Trust
In the newly renovated Anthony Bowen YMCA designed by W. Sidney Pittman, one of the nation’s first African American architects; Thurgood Marshall Center provides services for at-risk children and families; Thurgood Marshall formulated his opinion for the monumental 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision in this building; museum of The Shaw Heritage Trust located on the first floor, preserves and interprets the history of African Americans in the Shaw district.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily
ADDRESS: 1816 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: U Street-Cardoza station
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 202-462-8686
WEBSITE: http://www.thurgoodmarshallcenter.org

Anacostia Museum
Interprets the local African American experience; hosts major photographic exhibits and can arrange a tour of underground railroad sites; composed a documentary “Speak To My Heart – The African American Church” chronicles the historical treatment of Black churches; George Washington Carver Nature Trail begins at the museum.
ADMISSION: Fee
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 1901 Fort Place at Fort Stanton, SE, Washington, DC MAP
TRANSIT: None
PARKING: On premises
PHONE: 202-633-4820
WEBSITE: http://anacostia.si.edu

St Martin de Porres Statue
One of the earliest statues of a black saint; located at the entrance to our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
DAYS & HOURS: Dawn to dusk
ADDRESS: 1600 Morris Road, SE, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING: On premises

Greater Washington Urban League
ADDRESS: 3501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 202-265-8200
WEBSITE: http://www.gwul.org

Washington Afro-American Newspaper
Oldest and largest Black weekly newspaper in DC; part of the Afro-American newspaper chain based in Baltimore. It is well respected for capturing the pulse of the community and chronicling civil rights progress in the nation’s capital.
ADDRESS: 1612 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 202-332-0080
WEBSITE: http://www.afro.com

Washington Informer
Founded in 1965, The Informer is another popular newspaper in the black community
ADDRESS: 3117 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE, Washington, DC
PHONE: 202-561-4100
WEBSITE: http://www.washingtoninformer.com

African Art Museum of Maryland
AAMM is devoted to the art of Africa and founded by an African-American, Doris Ligon in 1980; tour the museum and marvel at the beauty and style of the skilled and discipline carvers, potters, metal workers and bead and textile designers and weavers of the art objects from Morocco to South Africa and from East to West of the second largest continent in the world; it sponsors trips to various nations in Africa.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 10a-3p; other hours by appt
ADDRESS: 11711 East Market Place, Fulton, MD MAP
PARKING: Free parking
PHONE: 301-490-6070
WEBSITE: http://www.africanartmuseum.org

WASHINGTON DC ARTS

Freer Gallery of Art
Connected to the Sackler Gallery via underground passage, this museum expands exhibit space for Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, Islamic, Biblical Manuscripts, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian and Himalayan art. In the years ahead, anticipate Indian and Chinese collections from the two most populous nations in the world to grow. Again there is no on-site cafe.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-5:30p; extended summer hours
ADDRESS: 12th Street & Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING: Limited parking on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Smithsonian Metro Station
PHONE: 202-357-2700
WEBSITE: http://www.asia.si.edu

Arts & Industries Building
Often called the “Smithsonian Building” because it was the first structure built for what has become a museum empire. Though it also features changing exhibitions, today it mostly offers children’s performances and functions as a Visitor Information Center. You must check out the Enid Haupt Garden on the Independence Avenue (south) side of the building. Its a masterpiece in landscape design.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-5:30p
ADDRESS: 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING:
Limited parking on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Smithsonian Metro Station
PHONE: 202-357-2700
WEBSITE: http://www.si.edu/ai

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Established in 1966 by an act of Congress, the Hirshhorn features 19th and 20th-century paintings and sculpture in an architecturally significant cylindrical museum and adjoining garden; DC’s version of a modern art museum requires patience by seasoned art lovers to fully appreciate its changing exhibitions; the circular flat exterior makes you wonder whats inside the courtyard; before you visit, check the schedule for visual presentations projected from its garden at night onto its exterior wall at night.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-5:30p; longer hours in the summer
ADDRESS: 7th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING: Nearby garages
RAPID TRANSIT: L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station
PHONE: 202-357-2700
WEBSITE: http://www.hirshhorn.si.edu

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National Museum of African Art

Arthur Sackler Gallery
The museum features Ancient Egyptian, Islamic, Biblical Manuscripts, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian and Himalayan art. Its changing special exhibits in Chinese jades, Japanese ceramics and ancient Persian manuscripts are often spectacular. This is one of the best designed museums in DC, but it has no on-site cafe.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-5:30p; extended summer hours
ADDRESS: 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING:
Nearby garages
RAPID TRANSIT: Smithsonian Metro Station
PHONE: 202-357-4800
WEBSITE: http://www.asia.si.edu

National Gallery of Art
Opened in 1941, the initial paintings and works of sculpture were given by Andrew Mellon to formed a high quality nucleus of art around which the collections have grown. He attracted gifts from others to assemble an astounding collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, decorative arts plus other changing exhibitions of art from around the world.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-5:30p; extended summer hours
ADDRESS: 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING:
Limited parking on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro Station
PHONE: 202-737-4215
WEBSITE: http://www.nga.gov

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center and presents an exciting array of special exhibitions and free public programs. Located Downtown, it boasts 40,000 pieces of Colonial portraiture, nineteenth-century landscape, American impressionism, twentieth-century realism and abstraction, New Deal projects, sculpture, photography, prints and drawings, contemporary crafts, African American art, Latino art, and folk art in the collection. More than 7,000 American artists are represented. Notable artists include Georgia O’Keefe, John Singer Sargent, John Singleton Copley, Roy Lichtenstein, and Nam June Paik. In recent years, the museum has beefed up its contemporary art galleries. Free Wi-Fi is available in Kogod Courtyard. Courtyard Café offers offers a seasonal menu of American-inspired dishes, using local, organic or sustainable ingredients and gourmet desserts while serving until 4p.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 11:30a-7p
ADDRESS: 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING:
Garages nearby
RAPID TRANSIT: Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station
PHONE: 202-633-1000
WEBSITE: http://americanart.si.edu

Renwick Gallery
 A Smithsonian Institution and National Historic Landmark, was designed by James Renwick Jr., the same architect who designed the Smithsonian Building, and erected between 1859 and 1861 by William Wilson Corcoran as an gallery for his collection of paintings and sculpture. During the Civil War, the gallery was seized by the U.S. Army for use as a storage warehouse by the Quarter Master. After the Civil War, control of the gallery was returned to Corcoran, restored over several years and opened to the public in 1874. The collection outgrew its building and in 1897, moved to a larger building on 17th Street where it remains today. In 1965, the Secretary of the Smithsonian requested that the building be turned over to the Smithsonian for use as a gallery of art, crafts and design. After another restoration to Smithsonian standards, the building reopened as the Renwick Gallery in 1972.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 11:30a-7p
ADDRESS: 17 Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING:
Garages nearby
RAPID TRANSIT: Farragut West Metro Station
PHONE: 202-633-7970
WEBSITE: http://americanart.si.edu/renwick

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 
Since opening in 1971 on the banks of the Potomac River, the nation’s performing arts center has delivered some of the greatest performers and performances in America. Although creation of the center was authorized by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958, the center functions as a living memorial to our slain president John Fitzgerald Kennedy. JFK was a lifelong supporter and advocate of the arts – his assassination on 22 November 1963 swiftly attracted federal money, foreign donations and private donations to the partnership that produced this architecturally-stunning and crystal-laden venue; its opening in 1971, triggered DC’s rapid ascent to world performing arts destination. Aside from the Grand Foyer featuring an over-sized bust of JFK, the East Terrace overlooking the Potomac River is a favorite event gathering place. Renovated in 1997, the 2,442-seat Concert Hall is superb for large musical productions. The 2,300-seat Opera House designed for ballet, opera and musical theater has hosted its share of world renown performances. The 1,100-seat Eisenhower Theater hosts smaller plays, operas, ballet and contemporary dance. Separating the three large theatres are the flag-draped Hall of States and Hall of Nations. The 513-seat Terrace Theater was a Bicentennial gift from the people of Japan. It is intended for intimate performances of chamber music, ballet and contemporary dance, theater, and family performances. The 324-seat Family Theater provides a home for world-class family theater performances. A small on-site library was recommissioned as the Kennedy Center Jazz Club. One of several lounges on site, the African Lounge, donated to the Kennedy Center by the nations of Africa to evoke the feeling of being in an African village. The center has programs for funding new American plays, plays-in-progress for young audiences, an American College Theatre Festival and a wellspring of arts education programs. Some free performances are provided at 6p daily. The center conducts free tours of the venue.
BOX OFFICE: Mon–Sat 10a–9p, Sundays and holidays Noon–9p
ADDRESS: 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING
: Garage on premises
RAPID TRANSIT: Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station, then catch the free shuttle to JFK Center
PHONE: 202-467-4600
WEBSITE: http://www.kennedy-center.org

National Theatre
For its relatively unassuming exterior, given its next to the White House, you’d never guess that DC showcases traveling Broadway plays if the marquee didn’t give it away. The theatre is a welcome addition to nightlife in this part of Downtown.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Sat 10a-9p, Sunday and holidays Noon-8p
ADDRESS: 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING
: Garage nearby
RAPID TRANSIT: Metro Center Metro Station and Federal Triangle Metro Station.
PHONE: 202-628-6161
WEBSITE: http://www.nationaltheatre.org

Arena Stage
This flagship theater is the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway and the first to receive a Tony Award. They have practiced groundbreaking programs and diversity in all aspects of theater. Aside from introducing new plays, its common to see them debut The Great White Hope to The Women of Brewster Place to Ella, interspersed with Death of A Salesman and other American classic plays.
BOX OFFICE: Mon—Sat 10a—8p, Sun 10a—8p; also at Washington Post on 1150 15th Street NW beginning at 8:30a
ADDRESS: 1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING: Garage on premises
RAPID TRANSIT: Waterfront-SEU Metro Station
PHONE: 202-488-3300
WEBSITE: http://www.arenastage.org

Carter Barron Amphitheatre
Original amphitheater plan in 1943 called for benches to seat 1,500 and a stage equipped with a movie screen. The plan was expanded by Carter Barron in 1947, as a way to memorialize the 150th Anniversary of Washington DC as the nation’s capitol. As Vice Chairman of the Sesquicentennial Commission for Rock Creek Park, Barron envisioned an amphitheater where all persons of every race, color and creed could attend musical, ballet, theater and other performing arts productions. He succeeded in 1950.
DAYS & HOURS: Open in warm months
BOX OFFICE: Noon–8p
ADDRESS: 4850 Colorado Avenue NW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING: Garage on premises
RAPID TRANSIT: None
PHONE: 202-397-7328
WEBSITE: http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/cbarron.htm

Shakespeare Theatre Company
Founded in 1985, the company is becoming one of the nation’s leading forces in classic theatre. It honors playwrights’ language and intentions while viewing their plays through a 21st-century lens. It has featuredOthello many times. The company performs in two state-of-the-art, mid-sized venues to showcase outstanding local, national and international performing arts companies in Sidney Harmon Hall.
BOX OFFICE: Mon–Sat 10a–6p, Sun Noon–6p
ADDRESS: 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC MAP
PARKING: G
arages nearby
RAPID TRANSIT: Gallery Plaza-Chinatown Metro Station
PHONE: 202-547-1122 and Toll Free: 877-487-8849
WEBSITE: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
 Established in 1971, Filene Center provides greater Washington a second world-class amphi-theatre operated in partnership with the National Park Service. Filene Center, the principal venue, houses over 90 performances from late May to early September, that range from Jazz, Blues, Classical, Hip-Hop and Country music genres. A variety of education programs and special events are presented as well. After a fire destroyed the venue in 1982, a new structure seating 4,000 was built in its place. As before, lawn seating permits patrons to picnic during the performance. Wolf Trap Opera Company, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers, also performs here.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-6p, Sat-Sun and holidays Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 1624 Trap Road, Vienna, VA MAP
PARKING:
Parking on premises
TRANSIT: None
PHONE: 703-255-1900
WEBSITE: http://www.wolf-trap.org

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