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Son of a Slave: A Black Man’s Journey in White America

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Thursday, February 9th, 12:00-2:00 pm


Daniel R. Smith, Sr. (Dan), is believed to be the last person in the United States whose father was born enslaved during the Civil War. He died at the age of 90 on October 19, 2022, just a week before he was scheduled to speak at WNDC. For this presentation, his wife Loretta Neumann, a WNDC member, and longtime close friend Joe Davidson, Washington Post “Federal Insider” Columnist, will discuss Dan’s life and recently published memoir, Son of a Slave, a Black Man’s Journey in White America. They will provide background on some of Dan’s fascinating stories, and why – for all the intersections he had with historical events, political leaders, and other luminaries – he was often called the “Black Forrest Gump.”

The bar opens at noon, lunch is served at 12:30 and the program begins at 1.

  • In-person participation (includes lunch): $30 for members; $35 for non-members
  • In-person program only (no lunch) & Zoom only: $10 for members & non-members


WNDC encourages and expects all visitors to the Club to be up-to-date on vaccinations and boosters for COVID-19, and to exercise responsible judgment in decisions regarding masking, distancing, and remote participation. The WNDC will follow recommendations from the CDC and District of Columbia and will update these requirements as needed.


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