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: Legal Campaigns - NAACP, DC Branch

Established in 1912, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) DC branch was the largest and most influential of some 50 branches across the United States. The group devoted itself to protesting racial discrimination…

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…