Watch the 1971 film, CG 8225: The People and the Police, documenting the effort to establish the Pilot District Project, which aimed to improve relations between the police and the communities hardest hit by fires, looting, and other civil disturbances in the spring of 1968 in Washington, D.C.
Then join a discussion moderated by Derek Musgrove, associate professor of history at University of Maryland-Baltimore County and co-author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.
Panelists include Robert Shellow, social scientist and first director of the Pilot District Project; Frank Smith, founding director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum and former D.C. councilmember; and Clarence Lusane, political science professor at Howard University and scholar of African American politics, comparative race relations, and modern social movements.
This program complements the exhibition Community Policing in the Nation’s Capital: The Pilot District Project, 1968-1973, co-produced with the Historical Society of Washington , D.C.
This event is free and open to the public.