Washingtonians are calling out the many ways institutional racism has shaped our city and the lives of those who have lived here. In response, the Historical Society is offering “The Most Important City: How the Federal Government Segregated Its Workforce,” a new installment in our Context for Today series of online conversations with thoughtful and thought-provoking historians. 

Join us as Professor Eric S. Yellin, author of Racism in the Nation’s Service: Government Workers and the Color Line in Woodrow Wilson’s America (2013) and Anacostia Community Museum’s Senior Curator Samir Meghelli, curator of A Right to the City, explore the segregation of the federal government and how it has reverberated through the decades to influence life here in DC and around the nation. 

Their conversation will also consider how historians make use of publicly archived journals, letters, and other personal writings of everyday people to uncover and amplify important stories. When the current pandemic disrupted daily life here, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. issued a call to area residents to submit journals, stories, images, and artwork, anticipating the needs of future generations of historians. Find out more about this initiative at In Real Time.

Register here to receive your link to the free Zoom event. If you are able, please consider making a donation of $20 per person to support this program and others like it.