Smithsonian National Museum of American History
First check out Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963. Then join a Civil Rights student sit-in at the Greensboro lunch counter. (Check information desk for times). To learn more, click here. Free. (Metro - Smithsonian Station - Blue and Orange Lines)
National Portrait Gallery
See the exhibit One Life: Martin Luther King Jr. To learn more, click here. Free. (Metro - Gallery Place/Chinatown Station Metro(Yellow, Green, and Red Lines)
National Gallery of Art - East Building
In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall provides a powerful artistic statement on Black life in America. To learn more, click here. Free. (Metro - Archives Station - Yellow and Green Lines)
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Take in American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960's. To learn more, click here. Admission charge. (Metro - Metro Station - Blue, Orange, and Red Lines)
Martin Luther King, Jr. MemorialEnd your touring day by visiting DC's newest national memorial, a tribute to the slain Civil Rights leader. To learn more, click here. Free. (Metro - Smithsonian Station - Blue and Orange Lines or Foggy Bottom Bottom Station - Blue and Orange Lines). You will also want to visit the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Although Dr. King is most known for his Civil Rights stands, he was also a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War so a visit to that memorial might also be in order if you have time.
Related Dining Experiences for Lunch or Dinner
- Ben's Chili Bowl (this is DC's iconic eatery. You haven't really visited DC if you haven't eaten at Ben's. Get the half-smoke with chili just like Bill Cosby and President Barack Obama)
- One of the great soul food restaurants in the U Street district including The Florida Avenue Grill (Dick Gregory still stops in for mac and cheese whenever he is in DC), Oohs and Ahhs (try the fried whiting, potato salad, and hummingbird pie) Marvin's (a soul/Belgium restaurant dedicated to soul singer Marvin Gaye, who was born in DC. Go for the chicken and waffles), or Eatonville (named for author Zora Neale Hurston's Florida home town). .