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“A Right to the City" - Resources to Examine Gentrification and Urban Renewal with Students

Learn about gentrification and urban renewal throughout the United States with articles and teaching activities from NCSS peer-reviewed publications Social Education and Social Studies and the Young Learner. Then check out the new exhibit at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, "A Right to the City," open now through April 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 

"Investigating a Neighborhood: An Activity Using the C3 Framework," Social Studies and the Young Learner 

"Whose Place is This Space? Exploring Place Perceptions and the Cultural Politics of Place through a Field-Based Lesson," Social Education 

The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum presents its signature 50th anniversary exhibition, “A Right to the City,” Saturday, April 21, 2018 through April 20, 2020. In a moment of rapid population growth and mounting tensions over development, “A Right to the City” explores the history of neighborhood change and civic engagement in the nation’s capital by looking at the dynamic histories of six Washington, D.C., neighborhoods: Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Brookland, Chinatown, Shaw and Southwest. The exhibition tells the story of these communities through the eyes of the Washingtonians who have helped shape these neighborhoods in extraordinary ways. They have used their collective community power to fight for quality public education, healthy and green urban spaces, equitable development and transportation, and a truly democratic approach to city planning. In “A Right to the City,” visitors will discover how the history of organizing by Washingtonians has, more than once, transformed this one-of-a-kind global city, often in the face of tremendous odds. 

“A Right to the City” is part of the Anacostia Community Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, which has been an opportunity for the museum to renew its mission and focus and become a cultural center that convenes conversations about contemporary community life. These conversations address topics of importance to local communities in the Washington area—and the rest of the nation—broaching city politics, neighborhood change, urban ecology, religion and immigration. 

Anacostia Community Museum

1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020


Daily Hours
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed December 25th

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