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In the 1960s, people with intellectual disabilities were not welcome to participate in many activities, one of the many being sporting events. They faced discriminatory questions about whether they were even fit to try. A Kennedy, one you may not be as familiar with, decided to change all that. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy, became the leading lady behind competitive sports for children and adults who were cast out and left behind. In 1962, Shriver boldly began a series of special needs summer camps called Camp Shriver. That camp bloomed into the first ever international Special Olympics in 1968 in Chicago, and the rest is half a century of history. The National Museum of American History is commemorating those 50 years with Special Olympics at 50, an eye-capturing exhibition documenting the program’s journey and history of championing those with intellectual disabilities. On display are artifacts from legendary participating athletes like Loretta Claiborne, Marty Sheets, Lee Dockins, and Ricardo Thornton—from T-shirts to knit hats to baseball caps, small objects that symbolize so much. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to June 2019 at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 633-1000. americanhistory.si.edu. (Malika T. Benton)
OH AND ALSO
California post-disco duo De Lux performs at Union Stage as part of their More Disco Songs About Love tour. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $12–$15.
Research scientist and former professional football player Robert W. Turner II stops at Politics and Prose to discuss Not For Long: The Life and Career of an NFL Athlete, his new book chronicling, through interviews with former and current players, how the NFL’s policies leave players with chronic pain and a lack of job and financial skills. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Multiple Exposures Gallery presents a group show from some of its artist members, jurored by Maryland-based photographer Mark Power. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free.
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