Black Broadway on U: A Transmedia Project

The multimedia story of D.C.'s Black Broadway era before Harlem

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On any given night, native Washingtonian Duke Ellington, as well as, Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday and many others, gathered to perform on “D.C.’s Black Broadway,” (a moniker that Bailey is credited with coining). This proud African American community of artists, entertainers, business owners, educators, and intellectuals helped to shape America’s (and the world’s) tastes in culture and entertainment. The influences of D.C.’s transformative black renaissance, and its views concerning education, race and political policy, are still being felt today.

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