Race War in Washington: July 1919

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 12:30pm
Led by 
Chris Myers Asch

On July 18, 1919, a race riot erupted in Washington, D.C.  Reports of an incident in Southwest D.C. sparked white mobs that rampaged through Black neighborhoods.  In turn, armed African American men, many veterans of World War I’s battles for freedom, defended their communities.  Over five days, more than 30 white and Black residents were killed and hundreds were injured.  Historian Chris Myers Asch, co-author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital, presents an in-depth look at D.C.’s “Red Summer” riot and how it continues to inform the city’s character 100 years later.

Host: Carolyn Crouch, Founder, Washington Walks