Howard Theatre Reopens Its Legendary Doors

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Stage Presence

The new grand stage helped launch the careers of dozens of Black entertainers. The theatre was also known for bringing together people of all races — President Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt were among the most notable guests at the time — earning the entertainment space the moniker “The Theater for the People.”

(Photo: Courtesy of Stacy Zarin-Goldberg)

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