Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Turbulence and Change
The ‘50s and ‘60s
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court made its historic decision in Brown vs. Board of Education to end segregation in public schools. One of the lawsuits that made up this decision involved the DC schools, and the following September, Washington opened its schools to all. The rocky process of adjusting to desegregation continued over the next years, and in many ways continues today. Civil rights struggles continued in the 1960s, just as the nation was sending its young men to fight in Vietnam. The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968 provoked devastating riots along 14th Street in Columbia Heights and to a lesser extent along Mount Pleasant Street.
Art on Call is a program of Cultural Tourism DC with support from:
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
District Department of Transportation
This call box is also supported by:
Historic Mount Pleasant
National Endowment of the Arts
Michael K. Ross, Sculptor
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 38° 55.723′ N, 77° 2.163′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights, District of Columbia Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Wilson Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Upheaval and Activism (within shouting distance of this marker); Fashionable 16th Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sacred Heart Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Pleasant: The Immigrants' Journey (approx. 0.2 miles away); Social Justice (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ambassadors of Faith (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Categories. • Civil Rights • Disasters • Education • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.