‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR DECEMBER 9, 2016: Black Power at 50 in DC, 1966-2016, Part 2: Housing and Gentrification…DC Actions to Free Leonard Peltier…More Headlines

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the call for Black Power in this country, in 1966 and next is the second in a series of segments this month that will explore Black Power: 50 Years in DC, Nineteen Sixty-Six to Two Thousand Sixteen. Today, housing and gentrification. 2000 to 2015, the Districts population expanded by 100,000 people, to a total of 672,000, and that was the first increase in 50 years! Most of the influx was from young white professionals and so the percentage of African Americans in DC decreased from 60 percent to just less than half. To help unpack with this change means, as well as the history, We sat down this week with George Derek Musgrove, Associate Professor of History and Affiliate Professor of Africana Studies
at the University Maryland Baltimore County and co-author of Chocolate City: Race and Democracy in the nations capital, due out next fall from UNC Press. We also spoke with Detrice Belt, a resident and tenant organizer at the Barry Farms public housing complex in DC.

On The Ground”Voices of Resistance from the Nations Capital (www.onthegroundshow.org) is a weekly show produced for WPFW Pacifica Radio devoted to activists for social justice, those who are in the DC area and those who come to DC from across the nation or from across the globe to speak truth to power. Esther Iverem, founder, executive producer and host, is an award-winning journalist, poet, visual artist and activist.
Producer and Host: Esther Iverem.

Contributors: Chantal James, Michael Byfield and Floyd DJ Waheed Aaron