D.C. Mondays: Rebuilding After D.C.’s 1968 Rebellion
The 1968 rebellions that followed Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination shook D.C. to its foundations. In a talk based on her recent book, When the Smoke Cleared: The 1968 Rebellions and the Unfinished Battle for Civil Rights in the Nation’s Capital (The New Press, 2023), Kyla Sommers tells the story of Washingtonians who centered Black political and economic power in their plans to rebuild the capital city.
About Kyla Sommers
Kyla Sommers is the author of When the Smoke Cleared: The 1968 Rebellions and the Unfinished Battle for Civil Rights in the Nation’s Capital (The New Press, 2023). She earned a Ph.D. in history from the George Washington University. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Washington History and the collection Demand the Impossible: Essays in History as Activism (Westphalia Press, 2018). Sommers is the digital engagement editor at American Oversight and was previously editor-in-chief of the History News Network.
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.
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