Celebrate Black History this month and year-round by supporting local Black-owned businesses and brands, learning about DC icons from the Black community, tuning into conversations from Black men and women, and more. Here are six ways to honor, support, and celebrate Black History Month in Capitol Riverfront.
Visit "The Beauty of Buzzard Point" Mural
The “The Beauty of Buzzard Point” mural by Kaliq Crosby and Rose Jaffe celebrates DC icons like Chuck Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; as well as their contributions to the District. While in Buzzard Point, be sure to also stop by and learn about the James C. Dent house (156 Q St, SW). This was the residence of Reverend James Clinton Dent, an esteemed community leader who was enslaved at birth, before gaining the freedom he should have always had as an adult, and served as the pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Opened on Juneteenth 2019, the Dent House serves as a community center and was in fact the place where many ideas for "The Beauty of Buzzard Point" mural were first conceptualized!
Support Black-Owned Businesses
This month and throughout the year, support Black-owned restaurants, shops, and services in the neighborhood including Somewhere, BOOMBOX Boxing Club, Navy Yard Dental, Ovation Eye Institute, Agua 301, and Sandlot Southeast (hello summer!).
Learn More About Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Learn more about abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, after whom the neighborhood’s newest bridge is named, with a virtual tour of the Frederick Douglass House. The historic home is closed for tours, but you can still take a look at the exterior after a quick fifteen-minute bike ride across the Anacostia River.
Shop Black Brands at Steadfast Supply
Shop at Steadfast Supply from Black artisans like Bailiwick, Body Butters by Jada, Aburi Botanicals, Raven + Unicorn, and Machee Creates; plus check out and purchase books for all ages that celebrate diversity and honor the Black Lives Matter movement.
Attend a Virtual Program Presented by the National Museum of the U.S. Navy
Join the National Museum of the U.S. Navy for the "Brown Bag Brief: Moving Toward Racial Integration in the U.S. Navy, 1942-45 with Regina T. Akers, PHD" virtual program. Historian Regina T. Akers will discuss African American efforts to integrate into the U.S. Navy and to combat discrimination during World War II. The virtual program will take place on the museum's Facebook page on Wednesday, February 17 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
Check out a Conversation with Jair Lynch
Listen in to Jair Lynch, Founder & CEO of Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners on the “Icons of DC Area Real Estate” podcast via Spotify, iTunes, and Stitcher. From his participation in two Olympic Games to his leadership in the development of real estate throughout the District—including Capitol Riverfront’s own eNvy condominiums and The Kelvin apartments—Jair Lynch is full of interesting perspectives.