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Black History Month at the Workhouse

February 1 - February 28

This February, the Workhouse Arts Center is honoring Black History Month by featuring the stories and legacies of African American icons who share a history with our campus. Check out the links below for articles and videos highlighting Chuck Brown, African American Mardi Gras traditions, and the Black suffragists who fought for both racial and gender equality. We are excited to learn about, honor, and celebrate Black History this February and throughout the year.


To kick off the month, we shared the story of one of the most iconic musical figures in the D.C. area – Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go. Read the keynote article HERE.

For more on Chuck Brown’s Biography, click here. To learn more about Go-go Music, check out www.thebeatisgogo.com/about-go-go

Finally, enjoy this Tiny Desk Concert from 2010, featuring some of Chuck Brown’s best known songs.


Want to know more about the history of Mardi Gras? We’ve got you covered!

In celebration of Black History Month, the Workhouse is thrilled to present “The Message Behind the Mask,” our new webpage highlighting the history of African American Mardi Gras traditions in New Orleans. Learn about Second Line Parades, Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Mardi Gras Indians, and more in this extensively researched article from our Workhouse staff. Read it here!


We are excited to announce the launch of our new webpage, “The Vote That Wasn’t Theirs,” which celebrates the work of African American Suffragists. This webpage highlights the stories and accomplishments of Suffragists such as Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Mary E. Cary Burrell.

“The Vote That Wasn’t Theirs” will be updated throughout the year to include new Suffragists and research from our Lucy Burns staff, so make sure to check back often!

Read it here!


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