• Petitioned D. C. Government & D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities

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D. C. Government & D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities

Preserve African American History and Culture.

    1. Petition by

      Anna Bowman

      Washington, DC

The District of Columbia is changing. As some people move into neighborhoods that were/are predominately African American they are dishonoring the culture and history of others.  Unfortunately the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has funded projects that specifically allow local arts groups to remove images of the African American Experience. This is wrong in a country made up of people from different races, religions and ethnicities it is important that everyone's culture is preserved.
The purpose of this petition as to ask  The District of Columbia Government and particularly the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts  & Humanities to stop funding projects that erase images of any racial, ethnic or cultural group. Instead I am asking them to respect the heritage of all citizens and include them in the process.

In one project the images of the following people were minimized to the point of being unrecognizable.  This is wrong.

Thurgood Marshasll

Malcolm X

Frederick Douglass 

Mary McLeod Bethune

We live in a multi-cultural country and it is unfair when one group is allowed to destroy the culture of a different group. Please tell the Commission on the Arts to stop removing images that are important to any and all cultural and ethnic groups. Please tell the District of Columbia Government that they have a responsibility to protect the history of all of its citizens.

Please call the office of Mayor Vincent Gray at 202-724-5613 and tell him to stop this practice.

Please call the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities at 202-7245613.

The United States is not a homogenous country. Americans came from all of the world and each group has given birth to heroes, customs and values that are unique to their group. It is egregious for any group to be devalued by having their icons destroyed.

Please demand that the District of Columbia Government stop allowing individuals to destroy the history of others.

Thanks for your support.

Recent signatures


    1. I was interviewed on WPFW radio about this issue, with a positive response!

      Anna Bowman
      Petition Organizer

      Positive actions is being taken. Thanks for your support!

    2. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anna Bowman WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 2 years ago

      Support Culture Diversity and Cultural Integrity!

    • Obinna emmanuel Menkiti LAGOS, NIGERIA
      • about 2 years ago

      If you do not know where you are coming from,you cannot know where you are going.a man without his history is void and without life or meaning.these monuments are of great black men of past who did extraordinary things in the mist of death'with death smiling at them,but they went on to do the unthinkable bringing forth change to the world @ large'.i love my culture 'for it is who i am'.

    • Denise White-Jennings FORT WASHINGTON, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Even as areas become gentrified and the racial and/or socio-economic make-up of the residents change, it is still important to protect the images that honor the contributions of African Americans, which reflects the history that came before they moved into the area.

    • Etaniel Ben Yehuda BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      For the preservation of the very rich and incomparable contributions of African Americans to American society and its infrastructure. We know the erasing of the murals and replacing with Latino art is further cause dissension between African Americans and Latinos in America. Stop it!!!!

    • Anna Bowman WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I have personally witnessed the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts funding groups who purposefully destroy and minimize heroes from the African American Civil rights era without engaging or considering the negative impact it has upon the culture of African American Citizens.


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