Longtime residents say that “native Washingtonian” is nearly synonymous with “black Washingtonian.” That’s a point of pride for natives, who say their culture is the envy of the region.

Longtime residents say that “native Washingtonian” is nearly synonymous with “black Washingtonian.” That’s a point of pride for natives, who say their culture is the envy of the region.

Roughly a third of Washingtonians were born here, but there remains a stubborn myth about local D.C. — that very few people who live here are actually “from here.” A WAMU 88.5 reporter recently responded to a listener question about native Washingtonians and her investigation led to complicated conversations about race and the evolution of local communities. She joins us along with one of the local Washingtonians who helped her find answers.

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  • Ally Schweitzer Reporter, WAMU 88.5
  • Jackie Snowden D.C. Resident; Former Teacher, D.C. Public Schools

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