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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)
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.