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159National Poetry Month Walking Tours

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  • Kim Roberts
    Feb 27, 2014
      Sign up now for two walking tours and plan to celebrate National Poetry Month in style!

      Saturday April 5, 2014 from 10:30 to to Noon
      Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour of the Historic U Street neighborhood.  Writers covered include: Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Jean Toomer.  

      This walking tour sweeps us back to the U Street neighborhood of the 1920s, a time of blues, jazz, Prohibition and--amid the oppression of segregation--great aspirations.  The literary and arts movement we call the Harlem Renaissance was just starting, and (despite its name) it was starting here!  We will visit former houses, clubs and businesses and talk about the way the neighborhood has changed over time.  Meet at the plaza in front of 1250 U Street NW (offices of the DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, across the street from the Lincoln Theater and above the U Street/Cardozo Metro station).

      Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10:00 to Noon
      Walt Whitman Walking Tour of Downtown DC.  

      Walt Whitman came to Washington in 1862 to volunteer as a nurse in the Civil War hospitals.  He stayed for ten years, working as a government clerk, writing poems and frontline journalism, and having experiences that would change him profoundly.  Learn about his boarding houses and work places, re-imagine an earlier city of unpaved streets and wandering pigs, find out how DC changed from a small town to a major city during the war, and walk about why Whitman's words continue to resonate and he is considered America's national poet.

      The leader for tours is Kim Roberts, editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly and the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC, and co-editor of the web exhibit DC Writers' Homes. Tours take place rain or shine.  Participants are encouraged to carry water and wear comfortable shoes.

      Both tours are sponsored by the Cedar Lane UUC Continuing Adult Education Programs.  Advance sign-up required; limited spaces available.  Cost: $20 per tour, or $35 total for both.