Politics & Prose Tours

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Date(s) - 09/30/2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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“Langston Hughes and the Writers of the Harlem Renaissance: A U Street Neighborhood Walking Tour.” This tour of the historic U Street neighborhood sweeps us back to the 1920s, a time of jazz, prohibition, and new opportunities for artists of color. Despite its misleading name, the Harlem Renaissance actually got its start in Washington, DC, and many of the literary stars of that movement lived here, including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Alain Locke, and Jessie Fauset.  Learn about the Saturday Nighters salon, the 12th Street Y, the Association for Negro History, and Howard University. Most of the buildings and houses from the 1920s still stand (and are well preserved!) so it’s easy to imagine what it might be like strolling the “Black Broadway” of U Street, perhaps all dressed up for a movie at the Lincoln Theater, or heading to True Reformers Hall for a concert by Duke Ellington’s band.

Limited to 30 participants.  We will meet rain or shine! Please wear comfortable walking shoes and carry water. The tour takes approximately 2 hours, and covers level ground. Price: $45. Pre-registration required through Politics & Prose Bookstore.