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A Right to the City

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Social Studies +1 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

These items are housed in the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and appear in the exhibit A Right to the City curated by Samir Meghelli.

"The history of Washington neighborhoods reveals the struggles of DC residents to control—or even participate in—decisions affecting where and how they live. Prior to passage of Home Rule in the 1970s, Congressmen, private developers, appointed members of the local government, and even sitting Presidents decided the course of the city’s development, often with little or no input from residents.  

In the mid-twentieth century, massive federal “urban renewal” projects, school desegregation, and major highways, both proposed and built, spurred civic engagement, protest, alternative proposals for development, and a push for self-government. By 1968, “White man’s roads through black man’s homes” became a rallying cry, pointing to the racism that afflicted the urban and suburban planning of the era.  

A Right to the City highlights episodes in the history of six neighborhoods across the city, telling the story of how ordinary Washingtonians have helped shape and reshape their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways: through the fight for quality public education, for healthy and green communities, for equitable development and transit, and for a genuinely democratic approach to city planning."


Shaw - “A Right to the City” Exhibition

Anacostia Community Museums Collections and Research

Adams Morgan - “A Right to the City” Exhibition

Anacostia Community Museums Collections and Research

The Past and Future of DC Chinatown (documentary film, 2018)

Anacostia Community Museums Collections and Research

Southwest DC - “A Right to the City” Exhibition

Anacostia Community Museums Collections and Research

[I Live in Anacostia By Choice button]

Anacostia Community Museum

Anacostia Green Line Metro Flag, 1985

Anacostia Community Museum

New Thing Calendar Artboard, March '69

Anacostia Community Museum

New Thing Calendar Artboard, April '69

Anacostia Community Museum

New Thing Calendar Artboard, May '69

Anacostia Community Museum

New Thing Calendar Artboard, June '69

Anacostia Community Museum

New Thing Calendar Artboard, July '69

Anacostia Community Museum

Do Your Thing At The New Thing

Anacostia Community Museum

New Thing Calendar Artboard, August '69

Anacostia Community Museum

New Thing Jazz Workshop - Marlow

Anacostia Community Museum

William T. Fauntroy's Metro hard hat.

Anacostia Community Museum

Hilldales baseball team

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Southeast Neighborhood House

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Hilldales baseball players

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Julian Euell Appointed Assistant Secretary

Smithsonian Archives - History Div