Michael T. Barry Jr., Executive Editor, is currently a doctoral candidate at American University in Washington, DC. He studies African American and Muslim American history and is writing his dissertation on the history of Islamophobic ideas and anti-Islamophobic resistance in America. Barry has contributed writings to outlets like Black Perspectives, The Gainesville Sun, Truthout, The Blackprint, and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Michael is also a documentary filmmaker, specializing in oral history. His films “U Street Contested” and “The Universal Soldier: Vietnam” have won and been nominated for numerous awards, as they have screened at film festivals and historic venues across the country. Follow him on Twitter at @MTBarryJr.
In 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders was far and away the favorite candidate of young people in the US. Two years later and two years closer to 2020, is Sanders and his message still resonating with millennials and would they support him again?
In 2017, U Street is as Dr. Derek Hyra explains “gentrification gone wild.” With this in mind, D.C. residents must ask, how can we honor the cultural, political, and artistic history of U-Street while simultaneously achieving economic growth?