Join Councilmember Todd, the Shepherd Park Citizens Association, Neighbors, Inc, and Tifereth Israel Congregation for the dedication of the Marvin Caplan Park Memorial on Saturday, June 16th at 2:00 PM. The park, located at Alaska Avenue,13th Street & Holly Street, NW, is dedicated to Marvin Caplan, 1920-2000. The ceremony’s feature speaker will be Wade Henderson, Executive Director Emeritus of the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights. Caplan, a Shepherd Park resident, was Executive Director of the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights during the 1960s and 70s and a major strategist for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights of Act of 1965, Fair Housing Act of 1968, and Title IX’s prohibiting gender discrimination in education. Caplan cofounded and served as President of Neighbors, Inc, which fought DC’s white flight, block busting, and to increase housing choices for African Americans and others facing discrimination. He was the author of Further Along: A Civil Rights Memoir. For these accomplishments, service, and leadership, the City Council named the park in his honor: DC Act 15-0030, on May 19, 2003.
- 152nd Annual Strawberry Festival: Saturday, June 16th, 4-8 PM
- Father’s Day 5K Fun Day at Kenilworth Track