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External Resources

This project contributes to a dense and vibrant landscape of like-minded efforts. We hope that you will take the time to explore in particular Shellée Haynesworth's beautiful transmedia project, Black Broadway on U. Prologue DC LLC’s Mapping Segregation in DC project overlaps with our interest in gentrification.  The Rainbow History Collective too collects stories of deep relevance to this area.

Washington DC's many institutions like the DC Public Library, including its DC Oral History Collaborative project, the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum and its National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and the African-American Civil War Museum are vital to both preserving and disseminating community history. We encourage you to visit and support them.

Lastly, we have benefitted from the range of outstanding scholarship on this area and will continually update the bibliography given below. 

Asch, Chris Myers, and George Derek Musgrove. Chocolate City : A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2017.


Bennett, Tracey Gold and Nizam Ben Ali. Ben's Chili Bowl: 50 Years of a Washington, D.C. Landmark. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing. 2008.  


Butler-Truesdale, Sandra and Regennia Williams. Images of America: Washington, D.C. Jazz. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2019.


Gastman, Roger. Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s. 1st ed. Los Angeles, CA: R. Rock Enterprises, 2013.


Holland, Jesse J. The Invisibles : The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House. First Lyons Press paperback edition. Guilford, Connecticut: Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot, 2017.


Hopkinson, Natalie. Go-Go Live the Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.


Jackson, Maurice and Blair Ruble. DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2018.


Kerr, Audrey Elisa. The Paper Bag Principle : Class, Colorism, and Rumor and the Case of Black Washington, D.C. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2016.


Lornell, Kip, and Charles C. Stephenson. The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C.. Updated and rev. new ed. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009.

McQuirter, Marya Annette. "Claiming the City: African Americans, Urbanization, and Leisure in Washington, D.C., 1902-1957." PhD diss. University of Michigan, 2000.


Mitchell, B. Doyle., Patricia A. Mitchell, and Lisa Frazier Page. Images of America: Industrial Bank. Charleston, S.C: Arcadia Publishing. 2012.


Pearlman, Lauren. Democracy’s Capital: Black Political Power in Washington, D.C., 1960s-1970s. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2019.


Prince, Sabiyha. African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, D.C. : Race, Class and Social Justice in the Nation’s Capital. London: Routledge. 2016.


Reese, Ashanté M. Black Food Geographies - Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. The University of North Carolina Press, 2019.


Ruble, Blair A. Washington’s U Street: A Biography. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,



Summers, Brandi Thompson. Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019.


Walker, J. Samuel. Most of 14th Street Is Gone : The Washington, DC Riots of 1968. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.


Williams, Paul Kelsey. Images of America: Greater U Street. Charleston, S.C: Arcadia, 2002.

Williams, Paul Kelsey. Images of America: Southwest Washington, D.C.. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.

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