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Series 49: The Legacy of Anti-Racist Banking in Adams Morgan, 2022

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc049

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2022



From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


This oral history project uplifts the stories of leaders and ordinary people who helped change the course of banking history through collective action in the 1970s, leading Adams Morgan to become one of D.C.'s most multicultural, politically active communities. Through honest conversations about how financial discrimination and economic violence were overcome through personal and community resilience, the narrators reveal how extreme disparities persist and can be overcome. The Urban Institute reported in 2014 that the median wealth for white, Latinx, and Black families in the Washington, D.C. area was $284,000, $13,000, and $3,500 respectively and that a major factor in this disparity has been access to home-loan financing and equity. In this project, we ask, How can narrative therapy and collective trauma recovery strategies connect the dots between personal growth, community healing, and social change when it comes to reversing wealth and income disparities in D.C.? The project examines how Black and brown residents and business owners created this victory to sustain the vibrant multicultural community of Adams Morgan, as well as how they have persevered in the face of the ongoing gentrification across the city.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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