Black History Month

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DC Mayor's Office on African American Affairs |  February 2020


BHM 2020

 As we celebrate Black History Month 2020, join us in telling the stories and honoring the rich legacy of Black History DC. Checkout the citywide Black History Month calendar (PDF) for a full list of events. Here are MOAAA's Black History Month social media series, Sunday Family Dinner Series and DC Faces, Historic Places.

Sunday Family Dinners: A video series joining residents as they host MOAAA and have a conversation about what it was it like growing up in DC, the significance of how family values shaped their identity, and their contribution and legacy to DC. This series will give residents an opportunity to share their story and for viewers to connect with programs and initiatives in an engaging way.

Sunday Family Dinners: Episode 1 | Episode 2


DC Faces, Historic Places is a live broadcast educating and encouraging residents to visit historically African American places in the District of Columbia. Guest speakers will be featured on Mayor Bowser’s Facebook Live to showcase the historical significance of sites and places in DC.

DC Faces, Historic Places: Episode 1



Here are a few updates on MOAAA's FY 2020 grantees. Learn more about MOAAA's grantees HERE :


Housing Resources

DC Housing Search

The DC Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has a lot of resources that assists residents with housing like:

  • connects residents to housing by providing resources such as renter's rights information, assistance programs, and an affordability calculator.
  • Housing Equity Report provides goals for the equitable distribution of affordable housing in DC.

Visit for housing resources and information.

DC 2020 Census


The 2010 Census led to the creation of the Commission on African American Affairs in 2012 and the Mayor's Office on African American Affairs in 2015. Mayor Bowser has invested $5M into the 2020 Census to ensure that African Americans are counted and that they can stay and thrive in the District.

Learn more about the census at

Demographics of African Americans in DC


The Office of Planning (OP) performs research and analysis, serves as the steward of DC's historic resources, and publishes planning documents for the District. Here is a snapshot of data on African Americans in DC from the Office of Planning (OP). View the Demographics of African Americans in DC graphic from OP.

Visit for more information.


Mayor Bowser's 2020 Budget Engagement Forums

Budget Engagement

Join fellow DC residents at forums to share your values, priorities, and ideas with the Bowser Administration as the FY2021 budget is developed. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact (202) 442-8150 or

Register here: Mayor Bowser's 2020 Budget Engagement Forums

Go-Go Official Music of DC Bill Signing


Join Mayor Bowser at the Bill Signing of Go Go music as the Official Music of DC. This event will feature DJ Supa Dan and Backyard Band!

Register here: Go-Go Music Bill Signing

HBCU Night at Captial One Arena

HBCU Night

Join the Washington Wizards, DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, and more for HBCU Night on Friday, February 21st at the Capital One Arena to show your #HBCU pride and bring awareness to Historically Black Colleges & Universities.

For more information on HBCU Night, visit and

Financially Fit DC Workshop on Family Estate Planning

Fin Fit DC

Join MOAAA, Department of Insurance Securities and Banking, DC Public Library, and the historic Industrial Bank to participate in the Financially Fit DC Workshop on Family Estate Planning. This workshop will provide information on estate planning basics, how you can secure your family's future, and the importance of wills.

Register here:

Communities in Conversation Across the African Diaspora

BHM Event

Join MOAAA, Mayor's Office on African Affairs, Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, and the Mayor's Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs for a special #BlackHistoryMonth celebration featuring an engaging panel discussion, cultural performances, and a networking reception.

Register here:

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Ashley Emerson

Executive Director


Lionell Gaines

Associate Director