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Members Only – Curator-led Tour of “A Right to the City”
September 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Curator-led Tour of “A Right to the City”
*DC Preservation League Members Only!*
Dr. Samir Meghelli, Chief Curator of the Anacostia Community Museum, will lead DCPL members on a special tour of his museum’s exhibit “A Right to the City.” The exhibit explores how Washingtonians have shaped and reshaped their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways – including before, during, and after the significant year of 1968. Read on for the exhibit summary:
After a half-century of population decline and disinvestment, Washington, DC, today is home to a rapidly growing population, rising rents and home prices, major new development projects, but also deepening inequality. A Right to the City explores more than five decades of neighborhood change in the nation’s capital as well as the rich history of organizing and civic engagement that accompanied it. Highlighting six neighborhoods across the city—Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Brookland, Chinatown, Shaw, and Southwest—the exhibition tells the story of how ordinary Washingtonians have helped shape and reshape their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways: through the fight for quality public education, for healthy and green communities, for equitable development and transit, and for a genuinely democratic approach to city planning.
Dr. Samir Meghelli is a historian, writer, educator, and serves as Chief Curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC. Dr. Meghelli’s research, teaching, and curatorial work has focused on American and international social movements, cultural/musical history, urban history, and community history. Most recently, he led a research project exploring the history and contemporary dynamics of neighborhood change and neighborhood activism in Washington, DC, and curated the culminating exhibition: “A Right to the City.” Dr. Meghelli received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Photo Credit: Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Photo by Susana Raab