29 may 1968 & technical workshop for contractors
#OTD 29 May 1968 Model Inner City Community Organization (MICCO), a non-profit group organizing the Shaw 'urban renewal' program (which dates back to 1966), sponsored a technical workshop for contractors at the National Housing Center (1825 L St NW).
One of the primary concerns before and after the uprising in April, was the overrepresentation of whites--architects, planners, construction workers, etc--on building and development projects.
MICCO brought individual contractors together to facilitate networking, collaboration and partnerships to collectively compete for city and federal contracts. According to the Evening Star, "the workshop will emphasize the formation of business alliances by Negro contractors."
Your comments are welcome below. Were you, a family member or neighbor a contractor? Did you attend or organize the workshop? Did you work on a building project? Did you work with MICCO? Did you work at the National Housing Center? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy of DC Public Library Special Collections, 19 March 1970. Owen Duvall, photographer. This photo was taken at a high-rise apartment building (7th & R Sts NW) for low and moderate-income Washingtonians. They were picketing against white-owned Harkins Construction Company.
"Workshop to Stress Negro Business Pacts," Evening Star 29 May 1968.