D.C. Natives Day Will Celebrate the Culture and the People

March 25, 2019
D.C. natives push for a day to celebrate the culture and people of the District.

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By Cameron Jenkins

Tony Lewis Jr. and Angel Gregorio, both residents of the nation's capital, want to celebrate the natives.

The idea came as a result of their successful counter campaign to the Washingtonian's highly controversial "I’m not a tourist. I live here.” campaign which featured young people around the District, none were black.

Though an apology was issued, Lewis shared with the Washington Post that he feels like D.C. natives, specifically black people, are being erased.

“I know what it looks like to see a block or a neighborhood that was 100 percent African American and now you’d be hard-pressed to find a black family there,” he said.

Lewis and Gregorio responded by organizing a photoshoot last May for D.C. natives which garnerd an unexpected turnout of more than 200 people, most of whom were black.

Today was incredible to say the least. Big shoutout to @mrtonylewisjr & @thespicesuite for making this moment happen & allowing me to capture it. DC showed up & showed out. The energy and love out there today was epic! Truly inspiring & uplifting. I ❤️ DC! • #MWxDC #DCNatives #dcornothing

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And because of the response from the community, the pair decided to push for May 20 to become a legally recognized day of celebration.

“What better way to make sure natives aren’t forgotten than to make it a holiday?”Gregorio told The Post.

The resolution -- introduced by council member Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) -- is expected to be approved on April 2 of this year, the Washington Post reported.

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