29 june 1968 & neighbors inc. art & book festival 2
#OTD-ish 29 June 1968 Photographer Michael J. Bishop shares the photographs he took last weekend at Neighbors Inc.'s 6th annual Art and Book Festival at Coolidge HS (5th & Tuckerman Sts NW). Bishop took dozens of images of the vendors, children, art work on display and more. One photograph showed that children could buy two books for just five cents!
In the above photo, notice the rolled-up festival flyer, the pin-back buttons, the crafts and the Pepsi can. In the photo below, notice the international art and displays.
Neighbors Inc. was "an intown, integrated, interesting community" founded in 1958 to organize toward and maintain racially integrated neighborhoods in opposition to white real estate agents seeking to convince white homeowners in and near Shepherd Park to sell their homes and move to upper NW or the suburbs.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family member or neighbor attend the art and book festival? Did you volunteer? Do you still have books and records that you purchased at the festival? Did you sell or buy art work? Do you still have the art work? Do you recognize anyone in these photos? Did you know Michael J. Bishop, the photographer? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library Special Collections, Neighbors Inc. Collection. Photographer, Michael J. Bishop.
Marvin Caplan, Farther Along: A Civil Rights Memoir, 1999.
Phyllis Palmer, Living As Equals: How Three White Communities Struggled to Make Interracial Connections During the Civil Rights Era, 2008.