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Getting to Know U (Street)

Join District Connections for a guided tour of the U Street Neighborhood, led by Washington Walks. We’ll explore the neighborhood that was shared by African American intellectuals, business leaders, and families of all economic levels. The businesses they owned and the houses they lived in are featured on this walk. U Street was dubbed “Black Broadway” for the numerous movie theaters, nightclubs and ballrooms frequented by jazz musicians like Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington himself. You’ll see a theater and club where these performances took place. The first full-service YMCA for African Americans; one of the few hotels that welcomed a black clientele; and the first memorial to African American soldiers who fought in the U.S. Civil War are on the walk route, as are homes occupied by the Ellington family as Duke grew up. You’ll stand on the corner where riots started on April 4, 1968 following the assassination for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr.  That event may have extinguished the heyday of the area–but only temporarily.

This trip also includes a stop at the famed Ben’s Chili Bowl, where District Connections will treat you to a half-smoke (or your Ben's Chili Bowl favorite).

  • Event Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019

  • Meet Up Time: 1:00pm

  • Meet Up Location: Marvin Center, 5th Floor

  • Approximate End Time (arrival back at Foggy Bottom): 5:00PM

  • Transportation to event: The group will metro from Foggy Bottom to U Street ($2).  

  • Cost: Cost of transportation; tour and meal are free.

  • Food: District Connections will cover the cost of a late lunch/early dinner at the famed Ben's Chili Bowl (at approximately 4pm)