Sunday, August 28, in Washington, President Obama leads the nation in dedicating a new national memorial to the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. King was a southern Baptist minister who rose to become the leading voice of the nation’s modern day civil rights movement during the1950’s and 1960’s. His struggle for equal rights and those of millions of African Americans did not come easily. VOA’s Chris Simkins has more on one of the pivotal events in the civil rights movement that brought national and international attention to King and his philosophy of non-violence.
As part of its bicentennial celebration in 1988-89, Georgetown University honors this remarkable community in a documentary video titled “Black Georgetown Remembered.” Through the recollections of the members of the Georgetown black community, some of whom still reside in Georgetown, the documentary pays tribute to a community that thrived amidst slavery, Jim Crow laws, and economic inequity to emerge with a rare strength and identity. It features the remembrances of the decades of the 1940s to the 1950s when the population of Georgetown changed markedly.
This video complements the book “Black Georgetown Remembered” first published in 1991 and now available in a 25th anniversary commemorative hardcover edition:
Produced and directed by David W. Powell
Executive Producer Kathleen Menzie Lesko
Producer, Story Conception Valerie Babb
Writer Larry Klein
Producer Lorraine Davis-Dantley
Producer Robin Stevens Payes
Research Historian Carroll R. Gibbs
Educational Consultant Ronald M. Johnson
Educational Consultant Joseph M. Murphy
Produced for Georgetown University by Powell, Kritzer & Associates
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On Februrary 24, 2016 the University community gathered in Gaston Hall to commemorate “Black Georgetown Remembered,” which chronicles and celebrates the rich but little-known history of the Georgetown black community from the colonial period to the present.
Drawing on primary sources, including oral interviews with past and current residents and extensive research in church and historical society archives, the authors record the hopes, dreams, disappointments, and successes of a vibrant neighborhood as it persevered through slavery and segregation, war and peace, prosperity and depression. This event celebrated the beautiful commemorative 25th anniversary edition of “Black Georgetown Remembered,” which was first published in 1991, with a new introduction by Kathleen Menzie Lesko and a foreword by Maurice Jackson.
Moderator: Maurice Jackson (Georgetown University)
Panelists: Valerie Babb (University of Georgia), Kathleen Menzie Lesko (Huntington Library), Vernon H. Ricks, Jr (Mount Zion United Methodist Church), Monica Roaché (Georgetown’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission), and Neville Waters, III (Fifth Generation Georgetowner).
The video Black Georgetown Remembered, a documentary from 1989 that complements the book, which can be viewed here: