Humanitini – Where Happy Hour Meets the Humanities
10/6/16 "Marion Barry, Jr. and Dream City"
Humanitini is the name of the drink and the name of the program. Join Humanities DC and a wide array of academics, culture curators, musicians, experts, guests for lively intellectual exchange. Think and drink!
Loosely based on the time period from 1971 to 1991, the topic of this event is the concept of DC as the “dream city,” capturing the hopes and aspirations of African Americans newly freed from the grip of racial segregation. The seminal event of this time period was the election of the Honorable Marion Barry, Jr.
Mayor Barry represented a generation of African American leaders who transitioned “from the streets to the suites,” moving from the ranks of the civil rights movement to the corridors of power.
Panelists for this extraordinarily timely Humanitini are drawn from the ranks of the most eminent leaders whom Mayor Barry recruited to join his administration as well as experts selected to assess the impact of the Dream City team.
- Courtland Cox served as the director of the Minority Business Development Office
- E. Veronica Pace ran the Office on Aging
- Stan Jackson held a number of positions within the Barry cabinet
Commenting on the performance of the Mayor are:
- Adrienne Terrell Washington, a former Washington Times journalist
- Harry Jaffe, a former writer for Washingtonian magazine who also co-wrote "Dream City" (a book based specifically on Barry administration research)
Moderating the Discussion:
- Dr. Cherie Ward, a professor of speech at the University of the District of Columbia Community College
The goal of this Humanitini is to raise audience awareness about the achievements and challenges faced by the first African American mayor of the District of Columbia.
The idea is to use this historic time period as a baseline to determine the progress that African Americans have made in the District as well as how much time, energy, and effort will be required to achieve the dream.
Future Events in the Series:
November 3, 2016
Humanitini: The High cost of Safety
Busboys and Poets - 5th & K
In the 1990s, Washington, DC began to emerge from the depths of two crippling epidemics: drugs and violence. We’ll explore how the turnaround was engineered, and ask whether or not it came with a price.
December 1, 2016
Humanitini: No Taxation Without Representation
Busboys and Poets - 14th & V
What does the future hold for DC’s political autonomy, and Congressional representation? We’ll ask a panel of experts approaching the issue from various creative avenues.
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