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Howard Theatre Oral History Day

Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Howard Theatre Oral History Project, December 1, 2012 at the legendary Howard Theatre, Washington, DC featuring interviews with the legendary Dick Gregory, Sandra Bears of the Jewels and other Howard Theatre past performers and staff.

Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc. (HTR) the nonprofit organization that supports the community issues regarding the Howard Theatre and that led the effort to restore the Howard Theatre will produce an event to launch the Howard Theatre Oral History Project. The Oral History Project is a long term initiative that will become a part of the exhibition to be installed at the soon to be built Howard Theatre Education and Cultural Center annexed to the Howard Theatre.

The Oral History Project will specifically document history of the Shaw/U Street neighborhood and Washington’s art and cultural community as it relates to the Howard Theatre. On Saturday December 1, 2012 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Historic Howard Theatre, HTR will record oral history interviews with performers, previous theatre staff and audience members who have had unique experiences at the Howard Theatre.

Hundreds of people will benefit from the experience of Oral History Day on December 1, while thousands will benefit by watching and listening to the produced history recordings that will be the result of this historic event. The public is welcome free of charge to join in viewing the recordings of history, to include interviews with the legendary Dick Gregory, musicians, Greg Gaskins (guitar player for Elvis Presley, The Manhattans and others), David Akers (trumpet player with Wilson Pickett), Sandra Bears of the Jewels, and other surprise guests.

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