Here's How to Celebrate D.C. Natives Day

May 15, 2019
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The first D.C. Natives Day is approaching.

On Monday, the District will recognize residents who were born in D.C. Local activists who felt D.C. residents, specifically those who are black, are being erased proposed naming a day to honor natives.

Council member Kenyan McDuffie introduced a resolution to have the city recognize the day, and it was approved April 2.

(Related: D.C. Natives Day Will Celebrate the Culture and the People)

The concept was initially discussed after the Washingtonian’s “I’m not a tourist. I live here.” campaign didn’t highlight any black residents.

Here’s how you can celebrate with other D.C. natives Monday.

Duke Ellington Walking Tour

Join other D.C. natives on Sunday to learn more about Duke Ellington’s experiences in the District. The tour, led by a native, takes you to some of the most notable spots tied to Ellington’s music and experiences. It costs $20-$30 and ends with a beer tasting at the old “School of Jazz” pool hall.

Location: 1211 U Street Northwest Washington, DC 20009

D.C. Natives Day Photoshoot

On Sunday, make your mark as a D.C. native by joining forces with other locals for a photoshoot. The shoot is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. near Union Market.

Location: 501 Morse Street Street Northeast Washington, DC 20002

A Conversation About Change

Join Brittany Johnson, Angel Gregorio and Tony Lewis Jr. on Tuesday for a conversation "on how to raise awareness, organize and invoke social change." The conversation will begin at 8 p.m.

Location: 1817 7th Street Northwest

Happy Hour

Celebrate being a D.C. native Monday with happy hour after work at Union District Oyster Bar and Lounge! The event, organized by community activist Tony Lewis Jr., is free.

Location: 501 Morse Street Northeast Washington, DC 20002.

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