The era of Black revolutionaries ended in the 1970’s right? So thought Jason Diggs, successful political speechwriter, lawyer and activist in the rough and tumble world of local Washington, D.C. politics; but during an election that could lead to the city’s first white Mayor in a century, the city erupts in gentrification inspired violence and nothing will ever be the same again.
In War Anthem, we meet Jason Diggs, scion of a family of civic leaders and academics, who seems destined for local political leadership in his native Washington, D.C. Handsome, refined and well educated, Jason Diggs has it all, popularity, job security, numerous romantic entanglements and political connections; but when his mother dies after a long illness, things are set in motion which illuminate a dangerous and mysterious underworld that threatens to destroy the city and all that Jason Diggs was working to achieve. As Jason learns his true destiny, in a replay of the city’s 1968 riots, the Nation’s Capitol begins to dissolve into disorder. Jason is at the center of the storm and decisions that he makes could change the course of cities across America forever. Through Jason’s eyes we get a glimpse into the murky world of D.C. politics and a look at the forces of change sweeping the cities of the United States as gentrification threatens to transform whole communities.