Civil Rights Site: Civic and Social Life - The Clubhouse

The ClubHouse (also known as the Clubhouse and the Club House), constructed in phases between 1930 and 1945, served as an automobile garage and showroom before becoming DC’s top African American dance club from 1975 to 1990. As AIDS became an…

Civil Rights Tour: Recreation - Uline Arena and E.B. Henderson

Uline Arena became the largest venue in the city for sports events when it opened in 1941, but its whites-only policy in an increasingly black city, and in a neighborhood where many African Americans lived, made it a source of controversy and a site…

Civil Rights Tour: Education - MLK Library, A Living Memorial

Upon its dedication in August 1972, the DC Public Library’s new central branch—designed by famed modernist architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe—became one of the first public buildings in the country to be named in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin…

Civil Rights Tour: Civic Activism - IPS, Home for Radicals

Shortly after it was first established in 1963 as a left-leaning think tank directed by two former Kennedy administration staffers, Marcus Raskin and Richard Barnet, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) became a hub for civil rights activists,…

Civil Rights Tour: Protest - Howard University

These first two lines of a song sung to the tune of “Down by the Riverside” by Howard University student protestors during a 1968 campus uprising capture the spirit of civic activism that has consistently defined a segment of the university’s student…