Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”Row” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” use_grid_padding=”on” width_unit=”on” custom_padding=”50px||50px|” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” vertical_alligment_1=”start” responsive_laptop_1=”inherit” responsive_tablet_1=”inherit” responsive_phone_1=”inherit” order_laptop_1=”1″ order_tablet_1=”1″ order_phone_1=”1″][tm_pb_column type=”4_4″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] When Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 his name was not Martin nor Luther. Dr King was originally born as Michael King, […]

Phyllis Wheatley YWCA

Phyllis-Wheatley-YWCA

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section” transparent_background=”on” allow_player_pause=”off” inner_shadow=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” make_equal=”off” use_custom_gutter=”off”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row” make_fullwidth=”on” use_custom_width=”off” use_grid_padding=”on” width_unit=”on” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” vertical_alligment_1=”start” responsive_laptop_1=”inherit” responsive_tablet_1=”inherit” responsive_phone_1=”inherit” order_laptop_1=”1″ order_tablet_1=”1″ order_phone_1=”1″ custom_padding=”20px|||”][tm_pb_column type=”4_4″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] The YWCA is a global organization that dates back to 1855. It started in London when philanthropist Mary […]

Charles Sumner School

Charles Sumner School - Washington DC African American Heritage Tour

The Charles Sumner School in Washington, D.C., named after U.S. Senator Charles Sumner, dates back to 1872. It was designed by Adolph Cluss, a German-born architect who was also known for his work on other significant schools and museums in the city. The school was one of the first to accommodate the Black community in […]

African American Civil War Memorial and Museum

African American Civil War Memorial

In 1998, the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation dedicated a memorial to honor the members of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the war. These troops span from people of African to Hispanic descent who have played a role in supporting the Union and fighting slavery. A year later, a museum opened […]

Howard Theatre

Howard Theatre

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”4_4″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] The Howard Theatre is one of the most notable theaters in Washington, D.C. At the time of its opening in 1910 it was considered to be largest colored one of its kind, as it mostly catered towards African Americans; however, it soon gained the nickname “Theater of the People” because […]

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”4_4″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]   The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House is a national historic site in Washington, D.C. preserving the memory of one of the most prominent African American women in history. The site is a three-story Victorian townhouse and a two-story carriage house, in which the National Archives […]

Anacostia Community Museum

Anacostia Museum Washington DC

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”4_4″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] The Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) is one of the twenty museums under the Smithsonian Institute. It represents the Anacostia neighborhood in Washington, D.C., of which the majority of the population has been African American since the 1960s. At this time the Smithsonian’s secretary S. Dillon Ripley proposed to create a […]

Lincoln Theatre

Lincoln Theatre Washington DC

The Lincoln Theatre began as a vaudeville and silent film house on U Street in 1922, in the midst of a period of change and new hopes. The historical U Street became known as “Black Broadway” during this time as it flourished into a hub of African American businesses and homes, with the Lincoln Theater […]

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass House

Nestled atop a hill, above the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, D.C., is the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. A former home, it is now a museum to honor one of the most notable African American abolitionists, writers, and orators during the 19th century. Frederick Douglass bought the house in 1877 and named it Cedar […]

Meridian Hill Park

Meridian Hill Park

Some might know it informally as “Malcolm X Park”, but the official name of this historical landmark is Meridian Hill Park. Since the creation of Washington, D.C. the hill, which sits exactly north of the White House, had been marked by President Jefferson as the line known as the prime meridian—thus, the “White House Meridian”. […]

Howard University

Howard University

Howard University is one of the most renowned historically black universities (HBCUs) in the nation, having been ranked among the top producers of Black professionals in such fields as medicine, law, and pharmacy. Its founding began after the end of the American Civil War, first as a theological seminary intended to educate African American clergymen; […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

MLK Memorial - Washington DC

Many monuments and sculptures commemorate the famous Martin Luther King, Jr. across the U.S., including Washington D.C.’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Officially opened to the public on August 22, 2011, it is one of hundreds of national monuments administered by the National Park Service. The idea for the memorial originally started with King’s former […]

National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art

Founded in 1964, the National Museum of African Art was established as the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to African art. It started in the 1950s, when an American Foreign Service officer named Warren M. Robbins began collecting African antiques in Germany. With the intent of addressing racial issues and communicating an appreciation for […]

National Museum of African American History and Culture

NMAAHC - Washington DC

On September 24th, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) made its mark as the Smithsonian Institution’s nineteenth–and newest–museum. The idea of an establishment to remember African American history had been in effect for almost a century, dating back to 1915–but with various cost and funding complications legislative action delayed until […]

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”4_4″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text” text_orientation=”left” text_font_size=”18″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” text_font_size_laptop=”16″ text_font_size_tablet=”16″ text_font_size_phone=”12″ text_font_size_last_edited=”on|desktop”] Located on U Street, Ben’s Chili Bowl is one of the most-popular attractions for eating in this historic part of Washington DC. The menu includes classic chili dogs, tasty hamburgers, sides, and of course, Ben’s Famous Chili. Over the years Ben’s […]