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Black Broadway on U

Black Broadway on U

Discover the Story of DC's Black Renaissance!

Shellée M. Haynesworth tells the story of the influential Black U Street neighborhood once known as “Black Broadway.” Discover how D.C.’s historic U Street community prospered and built a self-reliant economic, social, civic and cultural existence during the height of the Jim Crow era. 

Black Broadway on U Street

In addition to many African American pioneers in science, civil rights, architecture, education, business, medicine and literature, the neighborhood was home to the great American composer, Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. Its first-rate AA-owned theaters and nightclubs hosted the biggest stars in American music, including Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Jelly Roll Morton, among many others.

Related LibGuide: Year of Literacy by Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL)

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Library Branch:
Virtual Event
Musical Literacy Summer Reading Adventure Year of Literacy
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
FCPL Event Guidelines
Registrations open at 7:00pm Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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Shellée M. Haynesworth, award-winning multimedia maker, storyteller and culture keeper, is the creator and executive producer of the Black Broadway on U: A Transmedia Project. Since its launch in 2014, the aim of this project is to use cross-platform and “cultural storytelling” techniques and user experiences to amplify these black community voices and their “first hand” memories to preserve a truer, “authentic” narrative of this historic American moment in time.

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