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@mjg0614 Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC

How to support the fight for equal rights in DC from June 5-7

The ongoing racial justice demonstrations and movement has brought people from all over the country to the nation's capital, where demonstrations like what we've seen this past week are primed to change the course of history. DC continues to be one of the nation's great African American cities, from its founding, when "The District" was literally established by free African American surveyor Benjamin Banneker, to the "Black Broadway" days before the Harlem Renaissance, to the time Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his thoughts at Ben's Chili Bowl with owner Virginia Ali.

As the paint dries on a street mural along a stretch of 16th Street NW that was renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, the fight for equality must continue.

This weekend we’re focusing on a few ways to support the cause in Washington, DC and remotely.

@jessipatel - View of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Washington Monument in Washington, DC

Educate Yourself About Race, Black Lives Matter and Policing Policies
During the coronavirus crisis, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has remained closed, but it still continues to share powerful programming that supports its mission. The museum launched its Talk About Race portal where users can explore topics to better understand racial identity, white privilege and the history of how race and anti-blackness arose. In addition, find resources to support Black Lives Matter, ideas on reforming policing policies and ways to encourage city governments to address police use of force policies.

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Ben's Chili Bowl in DC's U Street neighborhood - Where to enjoy all-American eats in Washington, DC

Support Black Businesses
While the pandemic has led to the temporary closure of many businesses and attractions across the city, restaurants offering takeout, delivery and socially distanced outdoor dining are operating. We encourage visitors and locals to support black chefs and black-owned restaurants in the DC area.

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Freedom Fighters DC March on Saturday, 2 p.m.
Thousands are expected to attend the Freedom Fighters DC march on Saturday. The peaceful protest has been planned to bring attention to police brutality and racism in America following the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. The march is planned to begin at 2 p.m. in front of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Constitution Avenue.

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