111-year-old organization is leaving a negative past behind and expanding its goals.
The Federation of Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia announced today that it has changed its name the Federation of Community Associations of the District of Columbia (FCADC). After consulting with its various member associations and representatives of the DC Federation of Civic Associations, the organization is shedding a 111-year-old naming convention that was originally rooted in segregation. With the name change, the FCADC, which has members across all 8 wards, is reflecting its respect for all residents of the District of Columbia, and its goals to continue advocating for them.
The Federation of Community Associations of the District of Columbia is composed of neighborhood associations from throughout the District of Columbia. The Federation was organized in 1910 and then incorporated in 1940. In the past, most citizens associations were originally formed for white residents of the city, versus civic associations that served black residents.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde
The FCADC will continue to educate and advocate on leading civic issues affecting the District of Columbia.