Adams Morgan is a culturally diverse neighborhood with a major night life area, particularly along 18th Street and Columbia Road. Over 90 establishments possess liquor licenses. The Alcohol Beverage Control Board established a moratorium on new liquor licenses in 2000 after successful lobbying by resident groups. The moratorium was renewed in 2004, but it now allows restaurant licenses.The neighborhood’s name is derived from two formerly segregated elementary schools in the area — the all-black Thomas P. Morgan Elementary School (now defunct) and all-white John Quincy Adams Elementary School. The schools were desegregated in 1955 in response to the 1954 Bolling v. Sharpe Supreme Court ruling. Adams Morgan was formed from four pre-existing neighborhoods – Washington Heights, Lanier Heights, Kalorama-Triangle Historic District and Meridian Hill.
Along with its adjacent sister communities, Adams Morgan long has been a gateway community for immigrants. The predominant international presence has been Latino, with the majority of immigrants coming from El Salvador, Guatemala and other Central American countries. Since the early 1970s, Adams Morgan had seen a growing influx of immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, as well.