From Slavery to Freedom Bus Tour

A Collaboration Between the Office of Historic Alexandria, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and the Gum Springs Museum

November 18th   10:00 am – 4:00 pm $50.00

This special tour begins at Mount Vernon with an exclusive viewing of Mount Vernon’s new exhibition Lives Bound Together on slavery at George Washington’s plantation. This unique tour will be conducted by the exhibit’s curators. After the tour, visitors will walk to Mount Vernon’s Slave Cemetery for a site talk by Mount Vernon’s archeologists. After lunch, guests board a bus to visit Gum Springs, a historic African American community descended from people enslaved at the Washington and Custis properties, and then continue on to Alexandria’s Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, the burial ground for over 1700 contrabands (escaped slaves), which was rededicated in 2014. The tour will conclude at Mount Vernon at 4 p.m. The tour will go rain or shine and has extended periods of walking over uneven terrain.

Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

For more information, Contact: Dan Lee, 703.746.4554   Box lunch and bus transport is included in the ticket price.  Free parking is available at Mount Vernon’s visitor lot.

African Americans & World War I

crgibbs2Join local historian C.R. Gibbs presents the Annual Veterans Day Lecture, “Undaunted Courage: African Americans & World War I.”

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

This lecture presentation marks the ongoing international centennial observance of the First World War. Mr. Gibb’s lecture will highlight African Americans who served in World War I from Metro area. C.R. Gibbs is the author/co-author of six books and a respected lecturer on a variety of historical topics. Mr. Gibbs has worked with Smithsonian Institution museums and is a D.C. Humanities Council scholar.

Alexandria Black History Museum   902 Wythe St, Alexandria, VA 22314  Free. Reservations recommended, here or by calling 703.746.4356.

Tuesday April 4

Dr. Martin Luther’s King Jr.’s Tribute 7:00 PM

The tribute will commemorate the life of Dr. King as a spiritual leader, civil rights leader and a social justice fighter. The program will involve musical selections and excerpts from some of his sermons and speeches.
The observance will be held at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church which is the last place Dr. King spoke in DC. The church has been a refuge for those coming to demonstrate for social justice in DC.

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MLK 50 awake (9am – 5pm)  For religious, spiritual, or ethical seekers who are concerned about America or renewing the struggle to end the malignant impact of racism, militarism, and materialism and to move toward what Dr. King called the Beloved Community…

2 March – 26 May, Exhibition: Shifting: African American Women Artists and the Power of Their Gaze

shifting_inset_1Shifting explores how African American female artists turn their gaze on themselves and on other women. Not attempting to provide one answer, this exhibition serves as a platform for creating a dialogue around the questions: Whose gaze is it? Is the male gaze also the female gaze? Are women looking at themselves through the male gaze?

David C. Driskell Center gal3-10
1214 Cole Student Activities Bldg.
University of Maryland,
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 314-2615

Monday – Friday  11 AM – 4 PM with extended hours on Wednesday until 6 PM
The Driskell Center Gallery will additionally be open on Saturday, Mar. 11th, Apr. 29th, & May 13th
from 11 AM – 4 PM

1Mar 6:30-8 pm, Film: “Well-Behaved Women Don’t Make HerStory: The Dorie Ladner Story”

sankofacafeThis installment of Around the Fire features esteemed elder Dorie Ladner, a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) veteran, social worker and lifelong activist. She first got involved with the freedom movement after the murder of Emmett Till — a gruesome event that would spark a lifelong passion for her.

Ms. Ladner will share experiences from this time in her life and ffsdorieladneranswer questions from those who share her passion for freedom. She will also screen her documentary, “Well-Behaved Women Don’t Make HerStory: The Dorie Ladner Story.”

Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

2714 Georgia Ave NW  Washington DC

1March, 5pm: 10th Wreath Laying Ceremony

The 10th Wreath Laying Ceremony will honor African-American and Ethiopian Veterans who fought for freedom in commemoration of the 121st Anniversary of the decisive victory of Adwa on March 1, 1896 ( የዐድዋ ድል በዓል ). 

battle-of-adwa-ethiopia-victory-march-1-1896-715x472Honorable Cultural Ambassador Hari Jones, the former curator of the African American Civil War Museum will place the wreath.harijones

African American Civil War Museum & Memorial

1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

For More Info: 202-255-1400 or

27Feb 6:30-8pm Book Talk

Daina Ramey Berry will be presenting her book, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to the Grave in the Building of a Nation.

How do you ascribe a value to a human life? In the antebellum South, how were values for enslaved people determined?

Sponsored by the Departments of English and History, Howard University.


Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

2714 Georgia Ave NW  Washington DC 20001