The Columbia Heights Community Mural

The Columbia Heights Community Mural

The Washington region is diverse, complex, and constantly evolving. So the events that sparked meaningful changes and landmark moments aren’t always obvious. As Washingtonian magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary, we explore how events like the election of Prince George’s County’s first African-American executive and a blockbuster King Tut exhibit at the National Gallery helped make the D.C. area what it is today. Washingtonian editor Michael Schaffer and local poet and activist Ethelbert Miller join Kojo for a look at Washington’s evolution.


  • Michael Schaffer Editor, Washingtonian
  • E. Ethelbert Miller Literary activist; board chair, Institute for Policy Studies; author and poet

1991 Is The Year That Defined My Life In D.C.


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