FIRST CLASS by Alison Stewart

August 26, 2013

Alison Stewart spoke about her book, First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School, at Politics & Prose on Monday, August 26, 2013.

Combining a fascinating history of the first U.S. high school for African Americans with an unflinching analysis of urban public-school education today, First Class explores an underrepresented and largely unknown aspect of black history while opening a discussion on what it takes to make a public school successful. In 1870, in the wake of the Civil War, citizens of Washington, DC, opened the Preparatory High School for Colored Youth, the first black public high school in the United States; it would later be renamed Dunbar High and would flourish despite Jim Crow laws and segregation. Dunbar attracted an extraordinary faculty: its early principal was the first black graduate of Harvard, and at a time it had seven teachers with PhDs, a medical doctor, and a lawyer. During the school’s first 80 years, these teachers would develop generations of highly educated, successful African Americans, and at its height in the 1940s and ’50s, Dunbar High School sent 80 percent of its students to college.

Today, as in too many failing urban public schools, the majority of Dunbar students are barely proficient in reading and math. Journalist and author Alison Stewart—whose parents were both Dunbar graduates—tells the story of the school’s rise, fall, and possible resurgence as it looks to reopen its new, state-of-the-art campus in the fall of 2013.

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ISBN: 9781613731765
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - August 1st, 2015

HARD ART by Lucian Perkins, Alec MacKaye and Henry Rollins

May 17, 2013

Lucian Perkins, Alec MacKaye, and Henry Rollins spoke about, Hard Art, DC 1979, at Politics & Prose on Friday, May 17, 2013.

In 1979 Perkins, the future Pulitzer-winning photojournalist, was a Washington intern and the vibrant D.C. punk-music scene was about to erupt. Perkins captured the images, and his iconic photos are complemented with stories on the bands and their shows by punk musician Alec MacKaye.

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By Lucian Perkins (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781617751677
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Published: Akashic Books - June 4th, 2013

D.C. and the Civil Rights Movement

May 5, 2013

This panel discussion about D.C. and the Civil Rights Movement took place at Politics & Prose on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

In partnership with the Humanities Council and to mark the 50th anniversary of the events of 1963, join author Maurice Jackson; writer Carol McCabe Booker; and award-winning journalist Simeon Booker for a discussion of the role our city played in the Civil Rights Movement. Recommended reading: Bombingham, by Anthony Grooms.

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ISBN: 9780345452931
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Published: One World - October 1st, 2002