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Nannie H. Burroughs was a prominent African American civil rights activist and a continuing champion for women's rights. Burroughs's long career focused on improving educational opportunities for African-American women, an essential tool for…

Reverend C. C. Hung was a community activist who labored for nearly fifty years to bring together the city's fragmented Chinese community. His ministry at the Chinese Community Church, beginning in 1935 and continuing into the 1980s, did much to meet…

As one of the early Caribbean newcomers to Washington in 1962, Walker was a point of reference for people of the West Indian community who poured into Washington from the 1960s through the 1980s. She guided newly appointed diplomatic staffs during…

The first priest of the Holy Rosary Church arrived in Washington in 1912 and spent the next fifty years establishing an institutional base for the growing Italian presence in the community. Father DeCarlo provided for the spiritual, emotional, and…

After immigrating to Washington from El Salvador in 1982, Carmen Monaco became a grassroots organizer and teacher in the Latino neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and Mt. Pleasant. Her efforts helped newly arrived residents establish a sense of place and…

In the early 1990's the Humanities Council of Washington, DC produced the Urban Odyssey series of documentaries. The installments tell the stories of historic local figures in their own words. In this episode Isaac Franck, a noted Jewish Civil Rights…
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