Chocolate City No More: Practicing Public History in a Changing City

Solicited by the OAH Committee on Public History

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: African American; Public History and Memory; Urban and Suburban


Although Washington, D.C. was the first major U.S. city to become home to a majority African American population, the nation’s capital can no longer tout its “Chocolate City” status. Experiencing a profound gentrification since the early 2000s, the city lost its African American majority in 2011. This roundtable features a discussion of the realities of practicing public history in a city that faces continuing and significant demographic change.

Session Participants

Chair and Commentator: Hilary Malson, UCLA

Panelist: Derek Gray, DC Public Library

Panelist: Izetta Autumn Mobley, University of Maryland-College Park

Panelist: Kimberly Springle, Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives