Remembering YoU was made possible through the support of the U Street community and our partners. Click here to see a full list of the organizations and people who participated in helping this project be fully realized.
Friday, Nov. 8
Prince Hall Grand Lodge Ballroom, 1000 U St NW, 10:00am-11:00am
Come learn about the Remembering YoU Community Archiving Project and join us as we recognize and thank our sponsors, supporters, and team members for their work in making this event possible.
Prince Hall Grand Lodge Ballroom, 1000 U St NW, 11:00am-6:00pm
“DiscoTech” is short for “Discovering Technology.” It is a term coined by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, which defines a replicable model for a multimedia, mobile neighborhood workshop fair. DiscoTechs are designed so that participants learn more about the impact and possibilities of technology within our communities. DiscoTechs feature interactive, multimedia workshops designed to demystify, engage, and inform the community about issues of internet use and ownership, and our communications rights on and offline. The Detroit Community Technology Project, Georgetown and Howard students, as well as Georgetown University Library will have booths set up for participants to learn about digital technologies and their uses and pitfall for communities like ours, particularly in the context of digital archiving.
The D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, 2000 14th St, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Queer Life on U Street
Join us to explore the history and experiences of the queer community in the U Street neighborhood. You can also learn about the work of the Rainbow History Project, which aims to collect, preserve, and promote an active knowledge of the history, arts, and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
African-American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave, 4:00-6:00pm
Founded in 1998, the mission of the African American Civil War Museum is to correct a great wrong in American history, which has ignored the contributions of the United States Colored Troops in both keeping America united under one flag and ending slavery in the United States. The United States Colored Troops made up over 10% of the Union or Northern Army even though they were prohibited from joining until July 1862, 15 months into the war. They comprised 25% of the Union navy. Yet, only 1% of the Northern population was African American. Clearly overrepresented in the military, African Americans played a decisive role in the Civil War. We are grateful to the African American Civil War Museum for opening its doors to our attendees so they can learn about this vital and forgotten chapter of American history and learn about the place of the museum in the U Street neighborhood.
Anthony Bowen Branch YMCA, 1325 W St NW, 5:30pm onwards
Remembering YoU: Archival Exhibition
At 5:30pm, join our archival team to learn more about the exhibition of archival material from various local archives on display at the Gallery of the Anthony Bowen YMCA relating to the history of the neighborhood. The exhibition will be on display for the coming weeks, but this is an exclusive chance to learn about the images on display from Venus Amadi and Alandro Valdez, undergraduate students of history at Howard and Georgetown University, respectively.
Thurgood Marshall Center Gallery, 1816 12th St NW, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Mosche Music Jazz Performance
Enjoy an evening of music with D.C.-based trio Moscha, who continue the grand tradition of jazz in the neighborhood!
Fundação Internacional de Capoeira Angola DC, 733 Euclid St NW, 6:30-9:00pm
Capoeira Angola was carried to Brazil by enslaved Africans. In slavery-era Brazil, Africans disguised Capoeira’s power as a joking and playful acrobatic dance. In remote maroon societies, quilombos, the practice was cultivated as a form of resistance and self-defense. Prior to the turn of the century, capoeira was outlawed in Brazil, stigmatized as a dangerous gang activity; it remained banned until the 1930s. Vincente Ferreira Pastinha, otherwise known as Mestre Pastinha, codified the movements and philosophy of Capoeira Angola, founding his first school in 1941. In 1995, FICA was founded to preserve, promote, and research Capoeira Angola. FICA D.C. and its dedicated community supports this global mission while serving the city’s youth. Enjoy a free workshop of Capoeira Angola and Afro-Brazilian dance, as well as open roda and dance performances at this open house in FICA D.C.’s beautiful Euclid Street studio.
Sankofa Video, Books, and Café, 8:00-10:00pm
Screening & Discussion Event: “Questioning Identity, At Home & Abroad”
What does it mean to be Black and African in the city of Washington, D.C., and across the diaspora? Filmmakers and visual artists place their pasts in context with present interpretations, inquiries, and expressions around the themes of origin and migration, through various personal, site-specific projects and works-in-progress. A viewing of short films/videos, curated photos, and selected readings will be followed by a Q&A. Writer, filmmaker, and D.C. native Saaret E. Yoseph (RED LINE DC) will attend the event in person, and filmmaker Medhin Paolos (ASMARINA) will be joining the conversation via Skype. Post-colonial anthropologist Elisa Sartore will moderate the discussion.
SATURDAY, NOV. 9
Prince Hall Grand Lodge Ballroom, 1000 U St NW, 10:00am-11:00am
Archival Grants: Presentation
Please join us to hear from Becca Quon (Council on Library and Information Resources), Patricia Hswe (Mellon Foundation), and James Neal (Institute of Museum and Library Services) to learn about resources for communities and organizations interested in archival preservation. We are grateful to Dr. Manan Ahmad and Columbia University’s Architectures of Knowledge group for facilitating this informational event.
St. Augustine’s Church, 1419 V St, 10:00am-11:30am
The Church in the Neighborhood
This panel discussion will examine the history of churches in neighborhoods like U Street and their role in the context of gentrification in preserving communities.
Prince Hall Grand Lodge Ballroom, 1000 U St NW, 11:00am-4:00pm
Community Archiving Fair
We will have cameras available for participants to bring in textual and visual artefacts that pertain to the history of the neighborhood that they would like digitized, like old photographs, magazines, letters, fliers, etc. Participants will receive soft copies of the material and no material will be made available online without explicit permission from the donor. We will also have audio recorders and video cameras available for participants to share their memories of the neighborhood with us.
First Memories Oral History Booth: What Do YoU Remember? Participants share their first memories of U Street and Washington, D.C. Recording their experiences and documenting the personal stories that represent the neighborhood and greater D.C. community, what’s gone, what remains, and what’s disappearing. Participants will have the option of recording via video or audio only. They will also have the option of archiving their stories anonymously and/or participating in pairs/groups, taking on and alternating the role of interviewer by utilizing visual prompts and interactive questions.
Thurgood Marshall Center Gymnasium, 1816 12th St NW, 11:00am-1:00pm
Work(ing)Place: Labor and Workers’ Rights in a Changing City
This event, co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Institute for Labor and the Working Poor, is devoted to exploring the history of labor and labor activism in the U Street neighborhood and D.C. as a whole.
Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U St NW, 11:00am-2:00pm
U Street Trivia at Ben’s!
This iconic restaurant has generously offered to provide a 10% discount for lunch. Join us to test your knowledge about Ben’s and the history of the U Street Corridor. The winner will receive a special prize from Ben’s!
Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute, 1351 U St NW, 12:00-3:00pm
HTCMLI is a leadership development organization focusing on developing life-long skills for adults and children of Washington, D.C. HTCMLI provides training in the traditional African and Chinese cultural arts, notably kung fu, lion and dragon dance, African drumming, and Afro-Latin dance. They also provide free Saturday classes and summer camps for D.C. residents between 6 and 17 years of age. We are grateful to the HTCMLI for opening their doors to our attendees so that they can experience these performance and martial art forms and see the work HTCMLI does in preparing the city’s community for living a meaningful life.
Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U St NW, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Join Dr. Bernard Demczuk as he guides our attendees on a walking tour of U Street to learn about the hidden gems of this neighborhood and hear about its history. Tour begins in front of Ben’s Chili Bowl.
Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St NW, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Remembering YoU: Art, History and Gentrification in the Digital Age
Featuring notable academics, artists, and scholars, this series of four panels will be devoted to exploring art, history, and digital archiving in the context of gentrification and the new digital economy.