GroundBreaking Reads: Adult Summer Reading at Capitol View

Georgia Douglas Johnson's 'Washington: Heart and Home'

Johnson1Come and enjoy a summer long series of book discussions and film documentaries that hightlight the enormous influence of Washington's George Douglas Johnson on emerging writers, poets, and scholars such as Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Marita Bonner, Jessie Redmon Faust, Alain Locke and others.

Born, reared and educated in Atlanta, Georgia Douglas Camp moved to the nation's capital in 1901 and married Henry Johnson in 1903.   Washington, D.C. was home to Georgia Douglas Johnson for 56 years until her death in 1966.

In addition to writing four books of poetry, The Heart of a Woman (1918), Bronze (1922), An Autum Love Cycle (l928) and Share My World (1928), she authored six plays and wrote a newspaper column, "Homely Philosophy," which was syndicated in 20 newspapers from the mid 1920s to 1932. Her body of literary works made her one of most recognized woman authors of the Harlem Renaissance. 

From the 1920s to the 1940s, her home at 1461 S St. NW served as the host site for literary gatherings of young writers who turned out for readings and discussions on Saturday nights. 

Throughout the summer, select the works of your favorite Harlem or D.C. Renaissance authors and join us on Wednesday, June 19 and July 17 for documentaries and lively discussions of novels, poems and plays.