This June people took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to protest police brutality against Black Americans in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Comparisons to the uprisings of 1968 were unavoidable. Washingtonians’ response to the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was similarly a response to racism, inequality, and uncertainty in American life.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. presents Historian Kyla Sommers, author of the dissertation “‘I Believe in the City:’ The Black Freedom Struggle and the 1968 Civil Disturbances in Washington, D.C.,” in conversation with Tony Gittens, director of the Washington, DC International Film Festival, who was a student at Howard University in 1968.

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