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Julius Hobson Sr.

Julius Hobson Sr.

Activist and politician who served on the Council of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Board of Education

Julius Wilson Hobson (1922-1977) was a larger-than-life figure who shook the political landscape of Washington D.C. as an activist, politician, and unapologetically unorthodox changemaker. His tireless fight for social justice and racial equality left an indelible mark on the city, earning him the title "The Man Who Couldn't Be Bought."

Born in Alabama and educated at Howard University, Hobson's activism blossomed when he encountered the segregated school system his son was forced to attend. He fought tirelessly for desegregation, leading protests and serving as president of the school's parent-teacher association.

Hobson's activism wasn't confined to education. He became the chair of the Washington chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), organizing boycotts, sit-ins, and picketing campaigns against discriminatory businesses. He even threatened to release rats in Georgetown if the city didn't address its rat problem in underserved neighborhoods – a tactic that showcased his unconventional approach.

His commitment to social justice extended beyond protests. Hobson served on the District of Columbia Board of Education and later the D.C. City Council, advocating for policies that empowered underserved communities and challenged discriminatory practices. He even founded the D.C. Statehood Green Party, highlighting his dedication to D.C.'s self-determination.

Despite his often-controversial methods, Hobson was undeniably effective. His tactics, ranging from street protests to theatrical demonstrations, garnered national attention and forced both officials and the public to confront uncomfortable realities. He was a powerful voice for the disenfranchised and a relentless champion for social change.

Illuminating the legacy of Julius Hobson, we celebrate his courage, his unconventional methods, and his unwavering commitment to social justice. He serves as a reminder that sometimes, shaking things up is necessary to achieve progress, and that even the most unconventional voices can have a profound impact.

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