Duke Ellington's Washington

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During the early 20th century, Washington, D.C., was the cultural capital of black America. Prefiguring Harlem in the 1920s, D.C.'s Uptown area nurtured dynamic figures such as Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Mary Church Terrell, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Dr. Charles Drew. In this program, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith tells the often-overlooked story of the heyday, decline, and renewal of Uptown. Combined with rare photographs and archival footage, sparkling interviews with jazz pianist Billy Taylor, Ellington biographer John Hasse, historians James Horton and Edward Smith, and others describe the community's halcyon days, the post-desegregation exodus that opened the door to urban decay, and efforts that are reclaiming and renewing the neighborhood.
Smith, Hedrick; Nelson, Stanley, 1955-
Hedrick Smith Productions; South Carolina Educational Television Network; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Documentary television programs
Architecture, Landscape, Historic Places; Performing Arts, Music; Personal and Family Lives; American Culture, History; Music; African Americans -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 20th century; Social classes -- Washington (D.C.); Riots -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 20th century; Urban renewal -- Washington (D.C.); Washington (D.C.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century; U Street (Washington, D.C.)
North America; United States; New Jersey; Princeton
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Physical Description
57 minutes; color


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Creation/Production Credits

Producer, Stanley Nelson ; writers, Hedrick Smith, Stanley Nelson ; a production of Hedrick Smith Productions, Inc., produced in association with South Carolina Educational Television. Correspondent, Hedrick Smith.
Other Identifiers
Filename: lms-089808; Fedora 2 PID: umd:10794; Handle Identifier: hdl:1903.1/3269; Catalog Key: alephsys004125694; OCLC: ocn607126928

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