Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Working for the Race
Midcity at the Crossroads
—Shaw Heritage Trail —
Poet Langston Hughes briefly worked here for Woodson, and many of his poems captured local working-class African American life. In The Big Sea (1940) he wrote: “I tried to write poems like the songs they sang on Seventh Street.”
The house to your right at 817 Q Street was once the Washington headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Founded in 1925 by A. Philip Randolph, the IBSCP was the nation's first and largest black
Much of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was planned at 817 Q Street by Randolph, along with Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin.
Erected 2006 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 6.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Shaw Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.656′ N, 77° 1.431′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 9th Street Northwest and Q Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north on 9th Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1553 9th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carter G. Woodson House (a few steps from this marker); Phyllis Wheatley YWCA (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spiritual Life The Fires of 1968 (about 700 feet away); Engine Company No. 4 (about 800 feet away); Reading and 'Riting and 'Rithmetic (about 800 feet away); Alley Life (approx. 0.2 miles away); When Gordon Met Ella (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Regarding Working for the Race. Woodson's classic book is more commonly known as The Mis-Education of the Negro and not The Mis-Education of American Negro as the marker mentions.
Categories. • African Americans • Labor Unions • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 25, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.