The Story of D.C.'s Black Broadway on U Street
Original Content: Black Broadway on U | A Transmedia Project (In-development)
These mini docs, a part of an independent, digital history and cultural preservation platform, Black Broadway on U | A Transmedia Project produced by Indigo Creative Works.
A cultural storytelling project at the intersection of technology (web, mobile, 360 AR, social) chronicles and examines the widely unknown civic, social, and historical significance of D.C.’s historic greater U Street community once known as "Black Broadway" during it heydays, circa 1900s-1960s.
Between the end of the 19th and first half of the 20th century, Washington, D.C.’s historically black U Street neighborhood flourished—despite racist Jim Crow laws and segregation, which plagued our nation’s capital at the time.
“Black Broadway,” as it was commonly known, sparked a black cultural renaissance in D.C. that produced icons like author Zora Neale Hurston, historian Carter G. Woodson, civil rights activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune, and researcher Dr. Charles Drew. It was also the home of Duke Ellington and a prime location for performers including Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Jelly Roll Morton.
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