Talk:Meridian Hill Park

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Malcolm X Park?[edit]

Something this article is lacking, which I think it needs, but I am unqualified to write about at this point, is how the park became known as Malcolm X Park. I do intend to write a bit in here about the park's history as it relates to gangs and such, but the origin of the association with Malcolm X remains elusive, and I've been researching. Schuminweb 09:58, 20 July 2005 (UTC)

I heard that Malcom X had delivered a speech in the park, but am unable to find a source on this. --דוד ♣ D Monack 00:38, 3 December 2005 (UTC)
I have heard that as well, that Malcolm X was directly connected with the park in such a way. However, sources lack. It took hours of digging to find only a little information on the official name-change that failed, but sources on the background of the origin of the park's Malcolm X-ness have eluded me. SchuminWeb (Talk) 05:30, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

I removed the unsourced Malcolm X Park section because it claimed somehow that Congress overruled the DC people on their wish to rename the park. The truth is, the park is part of a National Park. It's the federal government's responsibility and right to name it whatever. This has nothing to do with home rule as the federal government has the final say over National Parks wherever they are located. —D. Monack talk 18:10, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

2012 Update: Finally found a reference to the origins of "Malcolm X Park". It seems that Angela Davis began it. This info with cite is now in the article. D Monack (talk) 00:54, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

Drum group[edit]

I think the drum group is indeed encyclopedic, as this isn't the first time I've heard of it. The passage, however, was very poorly written and in need of some serious repair. SchuminWeb (Talk) 20:55, 14 May 2006 (UTC)

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This article was automatically assessed because at least one WikiProject had rated the article as stub, and the rating on other projects was brought up to Stub class. BetacommandBot 15:53, 9 November 2007 (UTC)


Columbian College vs. Wayland Seminary[edit]

My understanding is that Columbian College was further up in Columbia Heights, and primarily between 13th & 14th Streets, around Gerard & Fairmont. Wayland Seminary, the precursor to Virginia Union, however, was located in the area that is now the park. Further, a large settlement of African Americans lived in the area prior to it becoming a park. Hey, don't take my word for it (even though my ancestors attended the school, and their picture adorns the walking tour marker that is at the park)-- read up on Booker T. Washington's stint there. In his letters from the era he speaks at length about how insufferable the Washington Negro is, and promptly decamps after I think only one semester. I guess I'll dig further for verifiable links, but there seems to be a conflation of Wayland and Columbian going on.

Meanteeth (talk) 04:25, 31 August 2011 (UTC)meanteeth

Let's definitely find some reliable sources for this. If we're making a mistake, then we need to fix it, and cite the information with some good, solid sources. SchuminWeb (Talk) 05:04, 31 August 2011 (UTC)