Design & Illustration

Drum Circle at Malcom X Park [#65]

Summer’s Sunday circle of drums and dancers is a quintessential Washington institution. It started as a community gathering to rise awareness about blackness, amid the assassination of Malcom X in 1965 (whose name is often associated to the park itself). Their loud spirit has been keeping the beat for more than 50 years, and it also has been an indicator of the gentrification process of the once called Chocolate City.

In the image, a diverse group of folks join the circle next to Joan of Arc statue.

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