Don’t Mute DC: Go-Go, Gentrification, and Resistance to Cultural Erasure

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American University, The Wechsler Theater (MGC 315)

4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20016

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This is the opening lecture for the Exploring Social Justice Series in 2019.

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Dr. Natalie Hopkinson’s Washington-based narrative, Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City, gives a social history of black Washington told through its go-go music and culture, and how gentrification pushed go-go into D.C.’s suburbs. The Chocolate City is in decline, but its heart, D.C.’s distinctive go-go musical culture, continues to beat. Dr. Hopkinson’s talk will discuss the history of go-go music and how the #DontMuteDC movement evolved into a more extensive conversation about gentrification, culture, and racial justice.

The Exploring Social Justice Series, a program cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues.

Light refreshments are first come, first serve. Space is limited. All events are free and open to the public.

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American University, The Wechsler Theater (MGC 315)

4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20016

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