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“Realizations of how important Dr. Martin Luther King was, and is, and continues to be has grown in the 50 years since his assassination.”

Was it a riot or a rebellion? In this week’s City Paper, writer Michon Boston pieces together an oral history of the days of unrest after King’s death. “No single story encapsulates D.C. in 1968, and the four days in April that devastated hearts and minds and blighted several neighborhoods—14th Street/Columbia Heights, H Street NE, U Street NW, Shaw, and parts of Adams Morgan and Anacostia,” she writes. “Out of those ashes grew, in D.C., a set of residents who committed themselves to serving the city for decades to come. They were ordinary people in extraordinary times managing ordinary lives, even when it seemed the rest of the world was coming apart.”

Join City Paper and Boston tonight at The LINE Hotel for a discussion about her piece.


  • Just a few years after a $63 million renovation, Anacostia High School faces serious plumbing issues. [WCP, Post]

  • Why Montgomery County schools are still so unequal. [GGW]

  • The dire consequences of D.C.’s maternal care desert. [GGW]

  • Forget Netflix—DC Public Library rolls out a streaming service. [WTOP]

  • Maryland is close to passing a law that will ban health care providers from practicing so-called “gay conversion therapy” on minors. [WTOP]

  • What happened to a community policing project in 1960s D.C. [Kojo Nnamdi]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Open gov. advocates blast D.C. ethics board for trying to weaken watchdog job. [Twitter]

  • Council’s Mendelson says he may tweak Bowser budget plan for funding Metro. [WBJ]

  • Bill to provide homeless residents greater civil protections lags in Council. [Street Sense]

  • Maryland legislature approves $5.6 billion incentives package for Amazon HQ2. [WAMU]

  • Several debates for Democratic primary races are coming up in Wards 3 and 6. [Twitter]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A new exhibition at Dumbarton Oaks puts artist Martha Jackson Jarvis front and center. [WCP]

  • How D.C. hardcore act Rashomon represents the increasing diversity of the city’s punk scene. [Post]

  • Dom Flemons discusses the little-known history of African-American cowboys. [DC Music Download]

  • Take a look at these ’80s-inspired street art posters by local artists, via the Hirshhorn. [East City Art]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Pappe will bring fiery vindaloo and other Indian classics to 14th Street NW this spring. [WCP]

  • Bryan Voltaggio is closing up shop at Range after five years. [Washingtonian]

  • What you need to know before you go to Moh Moh Licious. [Post]

  • Put your jazz cabbage away when you cruise through the Sonic drive-thru. [Eater]

  • These restaurants are offering specials on opening day. [DC Refined]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • GGW asks: Are dogs urbanist? [GGW]

  • How “East of the River” entered the D.C. lexicon. [WAMU]

  • The fraught history of naming local alleys. [Curbed]

  • The “reinvention” of 14th Street. [Washingtonian]


  • ANC 1B meets today at 6:30 p.m. 815 Florida Avenue NW.

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