DC's Majestic Howard Theater Gets a Second Life

Once a mainstay along DC’s “Black Broadway,” the majestic Howard Theater, fell into disrepair after the 1968 Martin Luther King riots decimated the neighborhood. In April, after a few failed attempts to bring it back, the Howard celebrated a grand re-opening with such celebrities as Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Leslie Uggams, Bill Cosby, Martha Reeves and Savion Glover. Straight Up: Urban Voice senior Katie Stevenson of Loudon High in Purceville, VA. takes us there.


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