Tonight: Historical Society Invites You to Join Them for the Online Conversation: “These Streets: Comparing the Uprisings of 1968 and Today”

Thursday August 20, 2020

Our friends at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. invite you to join them at 7:30pm tonight for “These Streets: Comparing the Uprisings of 1968 and Today” with historian Kyla Sommers and activist and arts leader Tony Gittens. This is the latest event in their “Context for Today” series of online conversations with thoughtful and thought-provoking historians. Here’s the event synopsis:

This past June people took to the streets of Washington to protest police brutality against Black Americans in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by an officer of the law. Comparisons to the uprisings of 1968 were unavoidable. Washingtonians’ response to the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was similarly a response to racism, inequality, and uncertainty in American life. But how similar are these events? What has changed, locally and nationally, since 1968? What has not? Are there lessons we can learn from the uprisings of more than 50 years ago to achieve real and lasting change in the future?

Sommers and Gittens will consider the parallels between the uprisings of 1968 and the protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd and others by police. Visit the event page on to learn more and register. Recommended donations are $20 but the Historical Society welcomes donations of any amount to assist in defraying expenses. The Historical Society will also honor free registrations for those on limited budgets.



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