Researching "Red Summer"

Woodridge Library

Researching "Red Summer"

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

NAACP Executive Secretary James Weldon Johnson used the term "Red Summer" to describe bloody and violent race riots in cities and towns throughout the United States in 1919. In some cities, including Washington, D.C., African Americans resisted attacks from white lynch mobs by fighting back to protect themselves and their homes and families. 

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of "Red Summer," DC Public Library archivist Derek Gray will discuss how to conduct research on this dark chapter of DC history using collections and resources in several DC-area archival institutions, including DC Public Library Special Collections.

Please register for this event if you are planning to attend.