Author Archives: Agatha Tomasik

Humanitini: Hand Dance: A DC Tradition

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“It’s the music that makes you move,” and by City Council resolution, Hand Dance is the official dance of DC. Developed in the Washington, DC area in the early 1950s by African Americans as a form of recreation and entertainment, Hand Dance is rooted in the floor version of swing. In the early days, the best dancers honed their skills at Turner’s Arena, Lincoln Colonnade, and the U-Line Arena to the tunes of big bands led by Louis Jordan and

Humanitini: Reimagining DC in 1968

Reimagining DC in 1968

1968 was a pivotal year for Washington, DC and the nation. News of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. spread rapidly through the city, and violence was not far behind. What is often lost in this conversation is the fundamental ways in which residents’ perceptions changed. Perceptions about public safety, perceptions about race relations, and perceptions about the government’s ability to affect change transformed. In partnership with dc1968’s Marya McQuirter and the American Historical Association during their annual meeting, this month’s Humanitini will discuss

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