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Escape From Slavery

The Pearl Incident of 1848

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, community leader David W. Smith Sr. will discuss slave culture in the United States, Civil War interpreter Marquett Milton will portray the life of United States Colored Troop Andrew Green and freelance writer Omarr Lee will pay tribute to the commemorative holiday through poetry.   Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is considered the oldest celebration that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.      

Michael W. Brookins

Michael W. Brookins and Friends

A Concert in Celebration of 2016 African American History Month

In recognition of African American History Month, come out and enjoy the smooth gospel and jazz music of Michael W. Brookins and Friends. Mr. Brookins earned his B.A. degree from Washington Bible College-Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Md. 


C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

In celebration of 2016 African American History Month, distinguished historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation at the Capitol View and Dorothy I. Height/Benning neighborhood libraries in February, beginning at 7 p.m. The award-winning historian, humanities scholar and exhibitor of artifacts has appeared at DC Public Library since 1989. He has spoken at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, Arena Stage, colleges/universities and other venues locally, nationally and internationally.


The State of U.S.Race Relations

Improved or Worsened?

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech as a part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The oration sought an end to racial injustice in America and called for an integrated society.

Summer Reading Winners!

Meet the Read with Me winner from Capitol View

Tyaira Easter-Butcher is the lucky winner of a bag of books at Capitol View!

Tuskegee Air Women

Tuskegee Air Women

Reflections on their contributions to American history and culture

In commemoration of Veterans Day 2014, Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen will reflect on the contributions of Tuskegee Air Women to American history and culture. Veterans Day originated in November 1919. The signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919 ended World War I. On Nov. 11, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day as the first celebration of the "war to end all wars." He envisioned the citizenry through parades and other ceremonies paying tribute to the soldiers who died in the "Great War" and provided Americans with peace and justice.

How to Win Grants

Criteria, pitfalls and hints for successful grant proposal writing

Periodically, residents need financial support in order to fund special programs or community projects. Funding is often available from governments, corporations, foundations and private donors.  Experts concede that grant seekers can successfully obtain the necessary skills that will  better their chances of securing monetary support.

Summer Reading Winners!

Meet the Fizz Boom Read winner from Capitol View

Alana Sapp is the lucky winner of a brand new Kindle Fire HDX at Capitol View!We sat down with her to learn a little more about her. 

Capitol View Closed

The Capitol View Library will be closed today beginning at 5:45 p.m. due to a facilities emergency. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Edward J. Talbert: Reflections

Tuskegee Airman and Capitol View Library's first manager

In recognition of 2014 Armed Forces Day and Older Americans Month, Edward J. Talbert will talk about his military service and his career as a librarian.