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Washingtonian Today: Georgetown Students Say Yes to Reparations

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Georgetown University students yesterday voted in favor of a fee that would benefit the descendants of the 272 enslaved people sold by the Maryland Society of Jesus in 1838. If the university approves the fee, which would be collected each semester, it would be the first such reparation policy at the university level—and, as Georgetown student Jesús A. Rodríguez writes in Politico, it comes at a time “when the conversation about America’s racial reckoning has suddenly emerged as a subject many progressives are using to winnow the sprawling field of Democrats in the 2020 presidential campaign.” Georgetown newspaper The Hoya reports that the referendum vote occasioned the “highest turnout in recorded student government electoral history.” The university’s response to the referendum said the vote provided “valuable insight into student perspectives” but did not specify what next steps, if any, it plans to take.

Tonight, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC, will host its annual gala at the ritzy InterContinental Hotel at the Wharf. The large fundraising event is co-chaired by Dorothy McAuliffe, the former first lady of Virginia who was recently a politics fellow at Georgetown. After the gala, there will be an afterparty on the roof to honor reproductive rights advocates Michelle Kinsey Bruns, Renee Bracey Sherman, and Becca Rea-Holloway.

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On Monday, presidential hopeful Andrew Yang plans to stop by the Lincoln Memorial for his “Humanity First Tour.” The event page is quite vague. Will there be a Q&A? Not sure. Will Yang bring out any guests? Unclear. Still, there’s an Eventbrite page to RSVP. But remember, the Mall is a public space! You could probably just jog up to the festivities. According to Facebook, 644 individuals indicated they were attending.

Do you have questions about our list of best bars for a first date? Wondering where to start cracking now that it’s crab season? Or maybe you just need a dinner recommendation. Join Ann Limpert at 11 AM for her weekly chat with readers.

What’s on my mind: Terry McAuliffe is posting weird memes. Help!

What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

• The New Yorker in me is elated—a new bagel spot is coming to Mount Vernon Square. I don’t care if you get it bread-sliced.

• Here are five bars we like to get…fun…at at discounted prices. AKA here are our favorite happy hour deals around town.

• A new Hong Kong-style restaurant wants to bring the island cuisine to Columbia Heights.

• Celebrate Easter next weekend at any of these restaurants serving delicious holiday brunch.

• Here are ten fun food events this weekend.

• Feel good about a spin class that donates money to charity as you sweat.

• Forget about those cherry blossom trees. Bluebells are at peak bloom at Bull Run. Rev up those Instagram machines!

Our pick for things to do around town:

PARTY Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the release of David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” with a Brightest Young Things party at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. Dubbed “Space Oddity: Ground Control to Major Party,” the event will honor Yuri’s Night (a celebration of humanity in space) and feature a Bowie drag revue, a live taping of the podcast AirSpace, and space talks in the Museum’s IMAX Theater. 21+ Only. $65, 8:30 PM.

Good reads: 

Mae Rice will never regret spending her money at Starbucks every day and neither will I, defender of The Basic. (Vox)

• A must read Date Lab: “She’s a polyamorous Sunday school teacher. One of those things bothered her date.” (Washington Post Magazine)

Big events from Washingtonian:

Sip sip rosé! Join us as we toast to spring at our Rosé Soirée on Thursday, May 16, at Long View Gallery! It will be an evening full of wine from local and national vendors, light bites, and music. Use code brittany for 15 percent off your ticket at

An evening under the sea: We’re celebrating the best restaurants in the Washington area at Best of Washington, presented by Lexus, on Thursday, June 6, at the National Building Museum. Tickets are selling fast to the kick-off party of the summer, so get yours today at Want 20 percent off your tickets? Use code bestofbrittany.

Staff Writer

Brittany Shepherd covers the societal and cultural scene in political Washington. Before joining Washingtonian as a staff writer in 2018, Brittany was a White House Correspondent for Independent Journal Review. While she has lived in DC for a number of years now, she still yearns for the fresh Long Island bagels of home. Find her on Twitter, often prattling on about Frasier.