Jefferson Memorial Dancers Get Support From D.C. Delegate | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Jefferson Memorial Dancers Get Support From D.C. Delegate

Play associated audio
Protesters turned Jefferson Memorial into a dance hall on June 4 after Park Police arrested dancers at a previous protest.
Matt Laslo
Protesters turned Jefferson Memorial into a dance hall on June 4 after Park Police arrested dancers at a previous protest.

Many love the protected serenity of the Jefferson Memorial, but others have argued recently that that serenity shouldn't be protected at the expense of free speech.

A group of protesters were arrested at the memorial May 28, after they danced in the memorial to oppose a court decision ruling that dancing can be outlawed there. The very public and violent arrests led to a much larger "flash mob" of dancers swarming the memorial last week.

Now, D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton will host National Dance Day July 30 on the National Mall. She says the event will include a flash mob dance with a permit.

Hugo Hammond, who was visiting the memorial this morning, says he understands both sides.

"Of course it says be quiet right there, but if they're not causing any real problem then I don't see a problem," says Hammond.

For National Dance Day, Norton says she's working with TV producer Nigel Lythgoe from the show "So You Think You Can Dance."

NPR

Mary Ellen Mark And The Caged Prostitutes Of Mumbai

The photographer, who died this week, turned her lens on the marginal people of the world. One of her most acclaimed projects was her series of photos taken in the brothels of Mumbai.
NPR

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.
NPR

Hastert Due To Be Arraigned Next Week

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI spoke with two individuals who made accusations of sexual abuse against the former Speaker of the House.
NPR

Tech Giants Compete ... For Your Vacation Albums

With ballgames, family reunions and trips to the beach, summer is full of chances to snap photos. Apple and Google are in a battle to help you store, organize and share all those visual mementos.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.