The Rise of DC's Black Intelligentsia: the Dunbars and LeDroit Park
10:00 am - 11:30 am on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Smithsonian Associates
Three walking tours of the LeDroit Park neighborhood to choose from! This tour focuses on two remarkable writers who lived in Washington, DC in late 1890s to the early 1900s. Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African American poet to become nationally known. His wife, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, is less well known, but she was also an accomplished writer of poetry, fiction, and journalism. In addition, she taught high school, and was an activist for civil rights and women’s rights. Both writers were in the first generation removed from slavery. This tour tells the story of their accomplishments, their unhappy marriage, and his early death. It also provides context for their lives in DC, discussing the African American intelligentsia who were drawn to LeDroit Park and the surrounding Shaw neighborhood in the years between the end of the Civil War and World War I. Sponsored by Smithsonian Associates; fees charged. More information soon on how to sign up! Select from dates on Saturday, October 15, Sunday, October 16, or Saturday, October 22. Tours will start and end at the Shaw/Howard University Metro Station.
Montgomery College Humanities Day
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at
Kim presents the 2022 Robert L. Giron Global Humanities Lecture at Montgomery College for their 10th Annual campus-wide Humanities Day Celebration. Kim will read poems and speak on the subject of “The Power of the Humanities to Sustain and Serve.” Online; free admission. Registration information still to come.
Kim teaches an ongoing Memoir Workshop at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD. There are no openings for new members at this time.
Recently, Kim participated in panel presentations at the Saints & Sinners Conference, 1455 Summer Literary Festival, and DC OutWrite 2022. She led literary walking tours for the Annual Conference of the Association of University Presses and the Smithsonian Associates. For the second time, Kim served on the selection committee for the Poet Laureate of Fairfax County, Virginia.
Upcoming events include guest lectures and literary walking tours for college classes at American University, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland.
Kim is available for presentations, readings, and literary walking tours. If you’d like to book her for your school, book club, alumni association, non-profit organization or other group, please drop her a note (see contact page on this web site).