dc1968

curated project commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1968 in dc

dedicated to bobby r. hale
19 october 1968 & afro american imports prepares for grand opening near howard university

19 october 1968 & afro american imports prepares for grand opening near howard university

#OTD 19 October 1968 The owners of Afro American Imports (2212 Georgia Ave NW) were preparing for their grand opening in November. Afro-Am Imports advertised custom made apparel including gowns, dashikis, dresses and hooded minis. It is also advertised earrings, masks, hooded minis, tikis, carved statues, art, and fabric from Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.

The store was located across the street from the popular night spot, Ed Murphy’s Supper Club.

Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family member or neighbor own Afro American Imports? Did you shop there? Did you work there? Do you have photographs? Do you still have items that you bought from the store? You may comment privately here.

Photo source: Courtesy Moorland Spingarn Research Center, Howard University and The Hilltop newspaper, November 1968.

20 october 1968 & robert hayden and derek walcott @library of congress

20 october 1968 & robert hayden and derek walcott @library of congress

18 october 1968 & raised fists at eastern v spingarn football game

18 october 1968 & raised fists at eastern v spingarn football game