Mapping Narratives: The New Deal, Segregation and Black Power in DC


Mapping Narratives: 

The New Deal, Segregation and Black Power in DC


Online via Zoom


Wednesday June 9, 2021

3:15 – 3:30 Pre-panel convening

3:30 – 4:30 Public Event


  1. About the Event


A.1. What are we talking about?

How do we tell historical narratives with maps? Learn how maps give the public a unique lens into history with expert historian mapmakers moderated by DC expert in bringing history to the public.


A.2. Audience

The event is open to the public. Our typical audience is a mix of local policymakers and policy analysts, academics, students and  those in the non-profit community. We anticipate an attendance between 30 and 50 people. 

A.3 Handouts

  • A handout with bios and links to maps


  1. Schedule of Events


B.1. Event Basics


Venue Zoom
Room Setup Kyla Sommer is host, Leah Brooks is co-host

Everyone else joins as a panelist

Questions submitted through Q&A: Leah monitors

Contact Leah Brooks, 650-796-3450 (mobile)


B.2. Event Schedule


3:15 Moderator and panelists meet online
3:30 Welcome from Leah Brooks to Center and GW
3:33 Kyla asks questions to motivate panelist introductions
No later than 4:10 Kyla moderates questions from audience
4:30 Conclude discussion, Brooks says thanks and come again
4:31 Adjourn


  1. Event Links 


C.1. Public Links


Event page:



C.2. Links to join as panelist










C.3. Questions online


Use Zoom Q&A.


  1. Media


D.1. Status

This event is “on the record,” open to media.


D.2. Twitter Handles


Event Host GWU Center for Washington Area Studies  @GW_CWAS
Welcome Leah Brooks, GW CWAS n/a
Moderator Kyla Sommers, American Oversight @Kyla_in_DC
Panelist George Derek Musgrove, Professor of History, UMBC @gdmusgrove
Panelist Richard A Walker, Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley  
Panelist Mara Cherkasky, Prologue DC  


D.3. Hashtag 



  1. Panelist Biographies


Kyla Sommers

Digital Engagement Directory, American Oversight




Mara Cherkasky

Historian, Prologue DC


Mara Cherkasky is a DC-based historian and writer/editor, and the co-founder in 2014 of

both the historical research firm Prologue DC, LLC , and the digital public history project

Mapping Segregation in Washington DC . She has produced exhibit panels, books and

articles for print and online publications, and historic site signage for clients such as the

National Park Service, Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, and

Cultural Tourism DC. A meticulous researcher, she has assisted the Smithsonian

Anacostia Community Museum, WETA-TV, the DC Historic Preservation Office, the

Meyer Foundation, and many others with projects. She is also as an experienced oral

history interviewer and walking tour guide, and speaks frequently on systemic racism to

civic and business organizations, as well as classrooms from elementary school level up. Current/recent projects include mapping the ca. 1912 destruction of the African American community on Meridian Hill; developing a 100-site DC African American Civil Rights Tour; and creating a Heritage Trail (signs with text, maps, and images) for the Northeast DC neighborhood of Eckington. Mara holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in American Studies from the George Washington University. She is a non-resident senior scholar at the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy.



Derek Musgrove

Professor of History, UMBC


George Derek Musgrove, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America (U. of Georgia, 2012), and co-author, with Chris Myers Asch, of Chocolate City, A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital (UNC, 2017). His latest project is “Black Power in Washington, D.C.” a web-based map of Black Power activism in the nation’s capital between 1961 and 1998. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, National Public Radio, the New York Times and The Root. He is currently working on a book project tentatively titled “We must take to the streets again”: The Black Power Resurgence in Conservative America, 1980-97, which explores the burst of black activism that rose in opposition to the urban crisis and the conservative retrenchment. He earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 2005 and now lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, D.C.


Richard A Walker

Professor of Geography, UC Berkely & Living History

Richard A Walker is Professor Emeritus of Geography at UC Berkeley, where he taught from 1975 to 2012. He is author of scores of articles and six books, including classics in economic geography and the development of California. His latest book is Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area (2018).  Walker’s awards include Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships. He is currently executive director of the Living New Deal project.


  1. Contact Information


Name Email
Kyla Sommers [email protected]
Mara Cherkasky [email protected]
Derek Musgrove [email protected]
Richard A Walker [email protected]
Leah Brooks [email protected]


Event details

Date: Wed. Jun 9th, 2021

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