After losing both my best friend and husband within six months, it felt like the universe was targeting me. I later learned that the sweetest thing we can hope for in life is to love and be loved.

Inside the Howard Theatre at the memorial service for Rudolph Michael Delano McGann, Jr., June 28, 1974 -March 29, 2021. Photo by Sam Johnson 3.

The year 2021 brought new superpowers. As it turns out, I can fix a clogged sink, and order and replace a part for a dryer. I can confront a political bully, and win. I can survive parenting crises and milestones alone. …

THE COLOR OF ART: Mapping white privilege in the nation’s capital.

By Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D.

Are Black Washingtonians less artistic? Dr. Natalie Hopkinson of Howard and Dr. Suzanne Goodney Lea of the University of the District of Columbia produced this map of arts grant funding to individuals and organizations from 2020. They shared this analysis in a public forum on Sept. 25, 2021.

I am a scholar and writer, not a politician. So at some point I will write in detail about my most illuminating experiences serving the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities. For…

Commissioner Hopkinson remarks at CVS Presser 9/14/2021

Sept. 14, 2021. Dr. Natalie Hopkinson as the artist Kaliq Crosby puts finishing touches on a new Go-Go City mural in the parking lot of the CVS on Florida Avenue where the Don’t Mute DC movement was launched

I delivered the following remarks today at a press conference at the Go-Go City Mural Unveiling at the corner of Georgia and Florida Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.

I’m Natalie Hopkinson. I’m Associate Professor at Howard University in the Department of Communication, Culture and…


No one living today created white supremacy, but today’s public officials must be held accountable for separate-and-unequal arts policies that tilt the scales in favor of the rich, white and powerful, while mostly locking out the Black and marginalized.

Dr. Natalie Hopkinson and son Maverick on the day of testimony as a nominee for the District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Commission in January 2020.

I was hoping that with the outcome…


After a year of so much loss, I am thinking more and more about the short time we have on this earth, and the messages we are sending to the future.

Grounded. Travel this year was mostly limited to moving my office to different rooms in my house as I toggled between teaching, writing and working with artists and activists pushing for change.

This year I said goodbye to Allison Ranelle Brown, a pioneering education civil rights lawyer…

Build Banneker in Shaw as a Living Monument to Black Excellence

Benjamin Banneker.

May 10, 2019

From: John Settles Jr., Natalie Hopkinson, and Lee Granados

Parents, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

To: Members of the Washington, D.C. City Council

Re: Build Banneker — A Monument to Black Excellence

Dear D.C. Council Members,

Natalie Hopkinson

A writer and scholar living in DC.

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