Black Broadway In Washington, Dc by Briana A Thomas
Before the rise of corporate coffee shops and upscale skyscrapers, before the dawn of desegregation and the 1968 uprisings, Washington’s Greater U Street was renowned as Black Broadway. In the early 1900s to the 1950s, African Americans, burdened by discriminatory Jim Crow laws in other neighborhoods, enjoyed the freedom to establish their own enterprises in this area, creating a vibrant community often regarded as a self-contained urban center.
Briana A. Thomas, a respected local author and journalist, vividly recounts the fascinating and distinctive history of U Street. The narrative encompasses the initial triumphs of emancipation, delves into the lives of significant figures such as civil rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell and the musical genius Duke Ellington, and explores the recent challenges faced by the community due to gentrification.
Black Broadway in Washington, D.C.: A Rich History Explored | Book Trailer
Before chain coffee shops and luxury high-rises, before even the beginning of desegregation and the 1968 riots, Washington’s greater U Street was renowned as Black Broadway. From the early 1900s to the 1950s, African Americans, oppressed by Jim Crow laws in other parts of Washington, were able to establish businesses here, creating what was often called a “city within a city”. In her latest book, “Black Broadway”, local author and journalist Brianna A. Thomas delves into the rich and unique history of Hugh Street.
Thomas takes us on a captivating journey, starting from the early triumph of emancipation, right through to the days of civil rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell and music icon Duke Ellington. The book also sheds light on the ongoing struggle against gentrification that U Street faces today.
If you’re interested in exploring this fascinating history, you can now order your author-signed copy of “Black Broadway” from the official website, blackbroadwaywashingtondc.com, or simply follow the link provided in the article.