Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital

Good afternoon everyone I’d like to welcome you to the William G McGowan theater located in the National Archives Building in Washington DC I’m Doug Swanson the Visitor Services manager for the National Archives Museum as well as the producer for the noontime lecture series Before we begin today’s program I’d just like to mention some other Black History Month programs that are going to be taking place at this location in the near future Starting tomorrow Saturday February 17th after a two-year absence Lincoln’s original Emancipation Proclamation Will be on display in the East rotunda gallery during the Presidents Day weekend President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st of 1863 as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war The proclamation declared that all persons held as slaves within The rebellious states are in henceforward shall be free so don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the original Emancipation Proclamation the Document will be made available for viewing in the museum on February 17th 18th and 19th Between the hours of 10:00 a.m.. And 5:30 p.m.. Each day On February 22nd at noon Knowle ray will be on hand to discuss his new book the great stain witnessing American slavery in which he used first-hand and personal accounts from former slaves Slave owners and even African slavers to tell the story The book signing will follow the event so to find out more about these events and our other programs and our exhibits Please check our website at You’ll also find some printed materials about upcoming events out in the hallway Our guest authors for today are Chris Mayer Asch and George Derrick Musgrove who will discuss their latest book Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital. A native of Washington DC Chris Myers Asch graduated from Wilson High School in the district Then attended Duke University and earned a PhD from the University, North Carolina He taught I’m sorry. I got new glasses, and they’re not really working too. Good for me He taught he taught with Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta and co-founded the Sunflower County Freedom Project in Mississippi a nonprofit organization that uses civil rights history to inspire middle and high school students He is the author of the Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer he’s the editor of Washington history magazine and teaches history at Colby College part time while running the Capitol area new Mainers project a nonprofit organization he co-founded in 2017 to work with immigrants and refugees in central, Maine George Derek Musgrove is an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County He’s the author of Rumor, Repression and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America and a number of popular and scholarly articles on post-civil rights era black politics in Washington DC He received his PhD in US history from New York University in 2005 so please join me in welcoming Chris Meyers Asch and George Musgrove to the National Archives>>applause>applause>applause

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