Civil Rights Tours of Washington DC

DC by Foot has partnered with Justice Walks DC to offer tours of Washington DC neighborhoods through the lens of Civil Rights and Social Justice.

Join Kate, a social justice educator, for a discussion about these neighborhoods and where available a chance to talk to community leaders and business owners.

NOTE: this is a tour that will discuss topics some may find controversial such as race, racism and economics. It is also a participatory, discussion based tour. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts. 

WASHINGTON DC CIVIL RIGHTS TOURS:

Displacement and Gentrification on H Street NE

H Street NE through the lense of Gentrification. Explore the interplay of historic Washington’s rise through the struggles after the 1968 uprisings. Significant focus on how gentrification is playing out today in the neighborhood recently named as one of the “hippest” neighborhoods in the United States. 

Civil Rights Tour in DC

 

Capitol Hill (through a social justice lens)

 
This tour begins at Columbus status outside of Union Station, can be 2 hours and end at base of Capitol, or 3 hours and end at top Capitol hill/Union Station.
 
See major DC sites through a social justice lens- Explore Union Station looking at Christopher Columbus and First Nations of DC, the National Mall as a historic protest site, site of historic slave markets and the monument to Japanese American Internment. Begins at Union Station, ends at the National Mall or the top of Capitol Hill.  This is a participatory, discussion based tour. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts.
 
Georgetown’s relationship to slavery and black displacement
 
Examine the role of slavery in Georgetown’s origins and the vibrant black history in the area.  Special focus on the role of Georgetown University in local black history and student of color activism more recently. Begins at the John Carroll Statue on campus, ends just outside the front gates of Georgetown. This is a participatory, discussion based tour. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts.  2 hours.  Can add on a visit to the Mount Zion historic black cemetery for an additional hour.
 
Adams Morgan: Diversity and Care for the Marginalized
 
Visualize the history of this eclectic neighborhood from the early days of embassies and large mansions to ongoing Latino community presence. Significant emphasis on the role of local churches, especially the Church of the Saviours role in preserving and serving in the community. Begins at Meridian Hill Park (16th and Euclid corner NW), ends on 18th street, the heart of Adams Morgan. This is a participatory, discussion based tour. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts.  2 hours.
 
 
St Mary’s County: Historical Justice Lens
 
Visit Maryland’s First Capital through the lens of justice and marginalized history.  See where First Nations people lived and explore the impact of slavery historically and currently on the county. Discuss how the military base has impacted the community and current justice issues.  Begins on campus at St Mary’s College and ends at the African American Monument in Lexington Park. Note this tour is 3 hours and outside of Washington DC.    This is a participatory, discussion based tour. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts.