Friday, April 25, 2014

"Dream City, 20 Years Later" May 15

"Dream City, 20 Years Later" takes place May 15 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St NW).   It's sponsored by Center for Inspired Teaching and features Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C. authors Harry S. Jaffe and Tom Sherwood.

The town hall will consider whether the District is still a city divided by race, class, and opportunity.   Panelists and participants will also discuss how DC Public Schools teachers and high school students tackle DC's complex local history through class readings, discussions, oral histories and community projects.

RSVP to Mandy Brown via email (

A DC Humanities Council grant allows the Center and community to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Dream City's publication.

What prompted the event
Cosby Hunt, Inspired Teaching's Manager of Teaching and Learning and a native Washingtonian, came up with the idea for the town hall to solve the very real problem that the DCPS

middle school curriculum – which focuses on world geography, ancient civilizations, and early US history – doesn't allow for a deep dive into DC politics in the mid-late 20th century.

Hunt's journey to create this event started during his early days in DC.   A House Divided in the Dream City describes Hunt's thinking about DC, its history, and its future and is worth a read, especially if you are planning on attending the event.

Hunt's bio
Cosby Hunt is a native Washingtonian who earned his bachelor's degree in Non-Western History at the University of Pennsylvania and began his teaching career in rural Georgia as part of the Teach for America program ('93 Corps).   He stayed in Georgia to get his masters degree in Secondary Social Science Education at the University of Georgia.   He returned home to DC in 1997 and spent thirteen years teaching social studies at Bell Multicultural High school (now the Columbia Heights Educational Campus) where he led the social studies department as well as the tennis and debate teams.   Cosby earned his National Board Certification in 2006 and is one of only a handful of National Board Certified social studies teachers in the city.

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