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Chocolate CityA History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital$
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Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635866

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635866.001.0001

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That Must Not Be True of Tomorrow

That Must Not Be True of Tomorrow

History, Race, and Democracy in a New Moment of Racial Flux

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(p.458) Epilogue That Must Not Be True of Tomorrow
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Chocolate City
Author(s):

Chris Myers Asch

George Derek Musgrove

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635866.003.0016

The past has been a mint

Of blood and sorrow.

That must not be

True of tomorrow.

—LANGSTON HUGHES, “History,” 1934

The original Busboys and Poets sits at the corner of Fourteenth and V Streets NW, just a block north of the epicenter of the 1968 riots. A combination restaurant, bookstore, lounge, and theater, Busboys took its name from Langston Hughes, the one-time busboy at D.C.’s Wardman Hotel who gained international renown as a poet (albeit one who denounced the snobbery of D.C.’s black upper class). After it opened in 2005, it became an immediate commercial and cultural success, attracting young, hip Washingtonians who swarmed the surrounding Shaw neighborhood in the twenty-first century....

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