D.C. Mondays: Latinx Refuge for D.C. Punk

Two musicians perform on stage
Punk rock band Bad Brains plays in Washington, D.C., 1983. Photo by Malco23. CC BY-SA 3.0.


The 1980s punk and hardcore scene in Washington, D.C., was an explosion of youth energy, rage and creativity. Musicians often held their concerts in spaces created by Latinx immigrant communities, such as the church basement known as the Wilson Center. In this virtual program, join Mike Amezcua as he shifts the focus of D.C.’s punk scene from the predominantly white practitioners to the marginalized communities who forged their venues. 

About Mike Amezcua

Dr. Amezcua is assistant professor in the Department of History at Georgetown University. He teaches and writes about U.S. history, Latinx history, urban studies, race, politics and immigration. He is the author of the forthcoming book Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification (University of Chicago Press, 2022) and was recently named the co-winner of the Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article in Urban History by the Urban History Association. Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Dr. Amezcua was an assistant professor at NYU.

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (12 p.m. EDT / 9 a.m. PDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

About the D.C. Mondays Series

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