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Why You Should Care About DC Statehood

July 21, 2023 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

If you’re paying attention in DC, signs of the statehood movement are all around you. Driving through town, you see license plates punctuated with “END TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.” Murals with “51ST” embossed across the diamond outline of the District loom large on brick buildings. T-shirts reading “DC STATEHOOD NOW” stand out in the crowd. But how would DC become a state, and what would statehood mean for District residents? Who’s working to make this dream of justice a reality? 

Join the DC History Center and NEWorks Productions on Friday, July 21 for a screening of the award-winning, one-hour documentary Becoming Douglass Commonwealth. After the film, stick around for a one-time-only conversation with historian Derek Musgrove, Senator Paul Strauss, and DC Vote’s Kelsye Adams moderated by the film’s producer and director, Nolan Williams Jr.

While you’re at the DC History Center, visit the collaborative pop-up exhibit DC Home Rule 50. See how student photographers (including Phillip Warfield, pictured above) artistically explore urgent themes from self-governance, full citizenship, and free elections to DC statehood. 

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