Credit: Darrow Montgomery

To the thousands of people who were born and raised in D.C., this city is home. Their sweet, beloved, frustrating, evolving, and enduring home.

Join City Paper at Solid State Books (600 H St. NE) next Sunday, March 3 to hear the winners of our D.C. natives essay contest speak their piece.

D.C. native and journalist Christina Sturdivant Sani received name-blind pitches, selected winners, and edited the final four essays in the collection. The oldest among them remembers a time when horse troughs were on the corners and black and white residents rarely mixed. The middle-aged grew up on Cool “Disco” Dan. The youngest are fighting to be seen locally and advocating for their rights on a national scale.

Sani also drew advice from nearly a dozen other natives so that newcomers can hear their ground rules for inhabiting the city. And D.C. native Darrow Montgomery, City Paper‘s photographer of 32 years, photographed the collection of stories.