History of Political Activism in D.C. Chronicled in New Book

The photo archives in the DC Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division contain 1.2 million photographs dating back to the 1800s.  This month, Library images from the civil rights movement and DC’s struggle for Home Rule will be showcased in a new book, "Washington, D.C. Protests: Scenes from Home Rule to the Civil Rights Movement.”  

Book Cover

Mark Greek, photo archivist for the DC Public Library and author of the book, has compiled a stunning array of images illustrating how Washingtonians mobilized and united for change.  Using his knowledge of the images in the Library’s photo collections, Greek focuses his book on the events that helped shape the political landscape of the District of Columbia.  From the images of Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Clifford Berryman to scenes of sit-ins and picket lines, Greek crafts a visual narrative of triumph and continuing struggle. 

The book, published by The History Press, Inc. is available in bookstores.  The Washingtoniana Division’s photo archive is open to the public during regular business hours at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.