Dear PoPville – Roberta Flack Lived in DC. Anyone Know the Exact Address of her Euclid Street home?

by Prince Of Petworth February 22, 2012 at 11:00 am 11 Comments

Dear PoPville,

I was reading the Thaddeus Stevens Elementary Wiki page (Did you know that Jimmy Carter is our only modern day President to enroll his child in DCPS?), and I noticed that singer Roberta Flack was listed as a notable alum. I clicked over to her page, and wow, what a cool lady! Anyway, the article mentions that she taught piano lessons out of her home on Euclid Street NW.

Does anybody know the address?

Wow – super cool lady:

She entered Howard University at the age of 15, making her one of the youngest students ever to enroll there. She eventually changed her major from piano to voice, and became an assistant conductor of the university choir.

Roberta Flack became the first African-American student teacher at an all-Caucasian school near Chevy Chase, Maryland. She graduated from Howard University at 19 and began graduate studies in music, but the sudden death of her father forced her to take a job teaching music and English for $2800 a year in Farmville, North Carolina.

Roberta Flack then taught school for years in Washington, DC at Browne Junior High and Rabaut Junior High. She also taught private piano lessons out of her home on Euclid St. NW. During this period, her music career began to take shape on evenings and weekends in Washington, D.C. area night spots. At the Tivoli Club, she accompanied opera singers at the piano. During intermissions, she would sing blues, folk, and pop standards in a back room, accompanying herself on the piano. Later, she performed several nights a week at the 1520 Club, again providing her own piano accompaniment. Around this time, her voice teacher, Frederick “Wilkie” Wilkerson, told her that he saw a brighter future for her in pop music than in the classics. She modified her repertoire accordingly and her reputation spread. Subsequently, a Capitol Hill night club called Mr. Henry’s built a performance area especially for her.

Anyone know where on Euclid St, NW she once lived?


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