Maurice Jackson, a Washingtonian for over 40 years, is Associate Professor of History and Affiliated Professor of Performing Arts (Jazz) at Georgetown University. He is currently at work on Halfway to Freedom, a political and cultural history of African Americans in Washington. He was inducted into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame in 2009 for his years of service to the people of the nation’s capital. Jackson is a distinguished Woodrow Wilson International Scholar (2011-12) and a Smithsonian Institution Scholar (summer 2012).
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Cultural Tourism DC asked Dr. Jackson to name five places that evoke the minister’s memory.
Here are Dr. Jackson's five, plus a bonus:
1. The top of the hill at 13th and Clifton Sts., NW, right by Cardozo High School - A striking view of the city from the inner city and located right near one major location where the riots in 1968 occurred and where finally the community is being rebuilt.
2. The Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St., NW - Legendary jazz club. Read Dr.King’s speech "On the Importance of Jazz" delivered as the opening address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival: “Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from [jazz]. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down.”
3. The Capital Pool Checkers Club, 813 S St., NW - African American men doing good as they practice brotherhood and sport through the game of checkers.
4. The African American Civil War Memorial Museum - April 16, 2012, marks the 150th anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in Washington, DC, a full nine months before President Abraham Lincoln Issued his Emancipation Proclamation freeing the enslaved in the rebellious states.
5. The Anthony Bowen YMCA - Originally stood at 1816 12th St., NW, moved to 16th St., NW, and in the fall will open a new facility at 14th and W Sts., NW It was named after former slave Anthony Bowen, who helped found the first African American YMCA. It is a place that then and now highlights black culture and achievements.
6. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial - Opened in 2011, the memorial on the National Mall is meant to commemorate the life and work of Dr. King.
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