“Race and Reform: Police Brutality in DC and Its Consequences”

Co-presented by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and Historic Chevy Chase D.C.

As Washingtonians, how do we understand—in the context of our city’s history—the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing nationwide protests? DC has pushed back against police brutality before, yet little seems to change. Why does this keep happening, and is meaningful police reform even possible?

These are some of the timely questions Professors Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove, authors of the acclaimed Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital, will tackle together. Their online conversation will help us grapple with the events that have prompted thousands to fill our streets with protests, sadness, and anger.

“Race, Police, and Reform” is the first in a series of online conversations from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., designed to bring historical context to the most pressing issues of our time. It is presented as part of a set of resources and educational programs that fulfill our commitment to support equity for all Americans of color and to facilitate social change. The Historical Society is pleased to co-present this conversation with Historic Chevy Chase D.C.

Register here to receive your link to the free event.