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Turbulence and Change

The ‘50s and ‘60s

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 20, 2017
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Inscription.  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
Nigel Gragg

Michael K. Ross, Sculptor
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number
Turbulence and Change Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 20, 2017
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Art on Call marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 38° 55.723′ N, 77° 2.163′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Irving Street Northwest near 15th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4523 15th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); Francis Asbury (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Trolley Arrives in Mount Pleasant (about 400 feet away); Fashionable 16th Street (about 500 feet away); Everyday People (about 600 feet away); Mount Pleasant Library (about 700 feet away); Mount Pleasant Street, ca. 2004 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
 
Categories. Civil RightsDisastersEducationWar, Vietnam
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 20, 2017
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Turbulence and Change Marker from Irving Street image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 20, 2017
4. Turbulence and Change Marker from Irving Street
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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