Kerry Washington covers the latest issue of Capitol File magazine, where she discusses her love for the the district that shares her surname. Though she was born and bred in the Bronx, Kerry lists DC as one of her homes – it’s where she she serves on the board of trustees at her alma mater, George Washington University, and is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
“I’ve had a very eclectic life journey up to this point. So I’m this funny conglomerate of hip-hop culture, Upper East Side private-school girl and Washingtonian politico.”
On Her Childhood Education:
“From a very young age, the subjects at the dining room table were affirmative action, sexuality education, low-income housing, education reform—the pros and the cons, the ideological histories, the sociopolitical contexts. What has always fascinated me is the relationship between arts and culture, arts and history, arts and psychology, arts and sociology. And so I wanted to study as many aspects of the human experience as I could.”
On “For Colored Girls”
“That play is such an important part of the American canon, but also of the canon for women of color. A lot of us have a ‘For Colored Girls’ poem in our back pocket, the way you’d have a Shakespeare monologue in your back pocket.”
On Her Job:
“I don’t think of it in terms of being difficult. There are much more difficult jobs than mine, like running the State Department! My job does not compare to Hillary Clinton’s.”