Photo Friday: Vermont Avenue Then and Now, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: Vermont Avenue Then and Now, Washington, DC USA

This is a composite of several photos. One from the late 1990’s (maybe the year 2000?) from the Library of Congress Archive, combined with two other photographs from present day (2016).

They show a concrete and less-filled-with-hope Vermont, Avenue, with one that’s more green, and not yet grown into its sustainable self.

Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the areas around Vermont Avenue show a city that was losing hope as it experienced a significant population decline.

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The future of LGBTQ rights was born here, too: Vermont Avenue and the Death of Tyra Hunter

The future of LGBTQ rights was born here, too: Vermont Avenue and the Death of Tyra Hunter

54 years after African Americans fought to end police brutality on this street, the LGBTQ community did the same against their public protectors, and ignited a revolution of their own.

Grimke School, 1923 Vermont Avenue, now sits abandoned, in the shadow of the African American Civil War Memorial, and next to the African American Civil War Museum. It’s about to get redeveloped, so won’t look like this for much longer.
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The origins of Vermont Avenue, Washington, DC USA

The origins of Vermont Avenue, Washington, DC USA

Vermont is one of Washington, DC’s state-named avenues, one of six state named avenues that emanates from the White House. The State of Vermont joined the union in 1791, while Washington, DC was being laid out, so it received a place in the earliest maps of the city.

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Photo Friday: Emancipation Day, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: Emancipation Day, Washington, DC USA

Who would be free themselves must strike the blow. Better even die free than to live slaves – Frederick Douglass March 2, 1863

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Photo Friday:  Shaw Neighborhood and Historic 7th Street NW, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: Shaw Neighborhood and Historic 7th Street NW, Washington, DC USA

I have recently discovered that there isn’t a camera made that can capture what my brain sees as I walk through our nation’s capital. Luckily, I can use software to simulate my perception 🙂 .

This photograph was taken at the intersection of 7th Street NW, and R Street NW.
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Photo Friday: Sun Bath, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: Sun Bath, Washington, DC USA

This what my eyes saw.

This is what the camera captured

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Photo Friday: "Just be a Mom" Jeanne White-Ginder on the 25th Anniversary of the Ryan White Care Act

Photo Friday: “Just be a Mom” Jeanne White-Ginder on the 25th Anniversary of the Ryan White Care Act

Through and because of the work of Phil Kucab (@PhillipKucab) I was honored to see and meet Jeanne White-Ginder, who was in Washington, DC on the 25th Anniversary of the Ryan White Care Act.

Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) and Jim McDermott (@RepJimMcDermott) reminded the audience in their comments that the world was once an unkind place for people it didn’t understand, and, more importantly, the kindness and societal transformation that arose as a result. Continue reading→