The multimedia story of DC's Black Broadway era before Harlem

The Story of “Black Broadway on U” before Harlem

The “Black Broadway on U: Transmedia Project” sheds light on the under-told story of African American life within Washington, D.C.’s U Street Corridor, aka “Black Broadway.” The Black Broadway era (early 1910s through the late 1950s) was D.C.’s cultural renaissance before, during and after the Harlem Renaissance. The project will connect today’s audiences with the historical and hidden contributions of this African American community’s iconic entertainers, intellects, music, culture and society, as well as their impact on American history.

This multimedia (cross-platform) experience will feature a 3-part documentary film, an interactive website (that will house a “living book series” showcasing short films about neighborhood elders, community stakeholders and experts), a mobile app, interactive user experiences, “pop-up” performances, special events, an annual symposium and a significant social media presence.