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From 2017 – 2020, public historian Sophia V. Nelson, documented the following images which are included in this video:

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr. statue at Los Angeles Staples Center

• Professor and Cultural Historian, Jamal Tourè, performing at 2018 Sugar Cane Festival in Riceboro, Georgia

• Zora Neale Hurston historic market in St. Augustine, Florida

• Martin Luther King, Jr. Street Walking Tour in Selma, Alabama

• 2017 Juneteenth Celebration in Atlanta, Georgia

• Display at Pocahontas Island Museum in Petersburg, Virginia

• Ray Charles Memorial in Albany, Georgia • 2016 John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival hat

• Re-enactors and guests at Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine, Florida

**Content contributor submission, Jenn P. in Brooklyn, New York

• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Birth Home in Atlanta, Georgia

• Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Collected on the day of late Congressman John Lewis funeral service

• National Voting Rights Museum roadway sign (Selma, Alabama)

• Jackson Ward Historic District mural in Richmond, Virginia

• Hippodrome Theater in Richmond, Virginia

• African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC with visitor Geronimo C.

• Spirituals album part of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission collection

• a guest at the Nat Turner Library annual Black Books Awards & Festival. The library is located in Petersburg, Virginia

Exploring Brochures – Deanwood A Model of Self-Sufficiency in Far Northeast Washington, D.C.

✍️🏼Sophia V. Nelson

I was recently gifted a selection of Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum exhibitions and other DC History brochures. On the surface, these are simply brochures but take a closer look, and you’ll find that they are little windows to the past. Join us as we explore these brochures throughout Black History Month.

The Deanwood History Project brochure – published in 2005. The project interprets the history of the Deanwood neighborhood located in Northeast Washington, DC.

Brochure cover. It features a photo of “residents at the groundbreaking for First Baptist Church of Deanwood’s second building in 1909.”

Image 2: video clip from “Deanwood Oral History Project – A Self Reliant People” produced by HumanitiesDC (full-length video is available on YouTube).

Close up of page 9. The page is titled “Earning Our Daily Bread” and includes details about the types of businesses Deanwood residents owned and operated. Project researchers referred to the Simms Blue Book and National Negro Business and Professional Directory to determine that in 1944 Deanwood had a dry cleaner, filling station, auto repair shops, beauty shops, a record store, and more.

Founder of the National Training School for Women and Girls (1909), Nannie Helen Burroughs is one of several notable African Americans that lived in the Deanwood neighborhood.

One of Washington DC’s oldest African American communities, Deanwood, comprises “Victorian, neoclassical, colonial, revival, prairie, and craftsman” houses. These homes were designed and constructed by African American architects.

Architect H.D. Woodson, for whom a DC High School is named after, resided in the community. Along with a few other investors, H.D. Woodson founded the Universal Development and Loan Company. The group designed and established Suburban Gardens Amusement Park, which catered to African Americans during segregation.

A digital copy of the Deanwood brochure is available on

Happening Today! Virtual Celebration for the Life of Carter G. Woodson

Join the National Park Service and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH) as we celebrate the 146th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Carter G. Woodson with an online, Virtual Symposium on Saturday, December 18th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. This year’s theme for the birthday celebration is “A Bold Vision: Revisiting the Life and Legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and What it Means Today”, and will feature remarks and presentations from NPS officials and community leaders.

Registration for the event can be found at:, which is also where the event can be viewed. Additional viewing of the event can be found at ASALH TV.

Call 202-426-5961 for more information.

Official 2022 Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Seeks Youth Orators…Audition Today!

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site seeks youth orators…audition today!

The 2022 Frederick Douglass NHS Oratorical Contest will be held virtually on January 11-14, 2022.

There are a few changes for this year’s contest that you should be aware of:

  • By 2022 we are requiring students to choose one of the 4 speeches the park has chosen for our 2022 contest.  You will find the complete speeches along with background information on each speech that will help you with your speech preparation.  
  • Frederick Douglass spent time in Ireland after he wrote his first autobiography and made a lasting impact on that country.  Since the contest is virtual in 2022, we are working with a partner organization that has connections to several schools in Ireland and we are inviting them to participate in this year’s contest.  Since Irish school grade levels may be a little bit different than schools in the United States, the contest categories are listed by age this year and not grade.  

Why we choose specific speeches this year…We will invite the winning students to perform their speeches at the Douglass Birthday Celebration on Saturday, February 12, 2022, which we expect to do in person this year.  However, we were hoping that some students might be interested in helping us with a few other programs we will do in 2022.  We chose Douglass speeches around the programs we want to do.

  • There is a Women’s Rights speech we want to use for a Women’s History Month program in March.
  • Douglass gave a speech in what is now known as Lincoln Park in D.C. to dedicate a statue to Abraham Lincoln.   The anniversary of that speech is in April and we would like to use student orators for a program about that event.
  • In 1871 after the Civil War, Douglass gave a speech for a new holiday, Decoration Day (now known at Memorial Day) at Arlington National Cemetery.  We want to record students performing their speech for a video we are creating that will go out on Memorial Day 2022.
  • Lastly, we chose one of the speeches that Douglass gave in Cork, Ireland while he was in the county and we are going to create a video about Douglass in Ireland using students who have learned this speech.  We will put this video out in October which is Ireland’s Black History Month.  They chose October because Douglass visited Ireland in the month of October.

We hope you will participate in the contest again this year and that you will be excited about possibly being featured in one of the great programs we are doing in 2022.  We will not be limiting participation to just the students who win first place because every year we have a number of great performances and we want to use a variety of student voices in these programs.

Share the contest flyer with your friends and siblings.  The contest is open to 100 students this year and we would love to have lots of orators participate.


John T. Fowler, II, MA


1411 W Street, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20020

By Phone:
(202) 426-5961

A man and a woman working on quilts

December 15th, 2021! 10 AM PT/1 PM ET – William Rhodes & Ben Jones “Making Visible The Connections”

E-mail: to register.

William Rhodes working on quilts with a friend

December 15th @ 10 AM PT/1 PM ET

Art tour and art workshop

Free. Public programming, Making Visible the Connections: Ben F. Jones and William Rhodes. , @ 10 AM PT/1 PM ET.

Sankofa Quilt by William Rhodes interview with William Rhodes.
William Rhodes. Paint on Quilt

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William Rhodes.
Making Visible the Connections

(Audio Interview+) Ritual and Recall: A Discussion with Anthony McKissic

In this interview with Anthony McKissic, we talk about ritual and recall in Black art and Black spaces. A resident of Baltimore, Maryland, McKissic was born and raised in Washington, DC. A part of his cultural upbringing is rooted in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He attended Morgan State University and the Maryland Institute College of Art. McKissic is currently pursuing a doctorate in English from Morgan State University while continuing to teach with Baltimore City Schools.

McKissic talks up Blues artists Jr. Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, and Cotton Patch Soul Blues a form of Blues music with roots in Mississippi.

Included here are links to a couple of the Blues artists that McKissic is inspired by:

R.L. Burnside and family. R.L. Burnside on guitar, Burnside’s grandson on drums. Song title, “Boogie Instrumental”

[source: YouTube, Alan Lomax Collection]

“I Came to Praise His Name” by Leo Bud Welch [source: YouTube, Easy Eye Sound]

Lady standing near harbor. New York buildings are in the background.



A discussion with educator and lover of Black historic sites and museums, Jenn Peck-Bailey. Learn of the places she’s visited. Jenn is the founder of Plant A Seed Now, LLC. Have you visited the sites she’s mentioned or others? Share your experience in the comments.

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