Watch Our Black History Special ‘Roads To Freedom’ & ‘Howard Theatre: A Century Song’ This Sunday Feb 10th @5 & 5:30p On DCW50!
We live in the midst of history every day, but ROADS TO FREEDOM revealed some historic sites in our area that you may never have heard of, let alone visited. ROADS TO FREEDOM took us down the local highways and byways that forever changed the history of all Americans. From Harpers Ferry where John Brown stuck a dagger in the heart of slavery with his failed revolution to the battlefields of Petersburg, Virginia where the U.S. Colored Troops endured a nine-month siege that secured the Union Victory, ROADS TO FREEDOM examines the rich history of our local communities. Along the way, ROADS TO FREEDOM profiles several local former plantations, one in Bethesda (right off Old Georgetown Road) where the original Uncle Tom’s Cabin once stood. The other plantation, in Fairfax, features tales of courage and examples of the endurance of the slaves who kept the plantation running. This program also examines the chaotic life in Washington during the Civil War and key events that could have changed the outcome and American history forever. We visited one of the 68 forts that once formed a protective ring around our capital city and saw the spot where President Lincoln was nearly shot and killed by a Confederate sniper.
Howard Theatre: A Century in Song is a locally produced special chronicling the rich history of Washington, DC’s famed Howard Theatre. It launched the careers of legendary musical artists, Duke Ellington, BB King, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack and many others. Featured are local historians, entertainers and vintage footage and photographs of the historic landmark. The theatre, closed for nearly 35 years and in a state of decline, was in the midst of a major renovation when this special was originally broadcast five years ago. Howard Theatre: A Century in Song looked ahead as the theatre underwent restoration. Hosted by DCW50’s Robin Hamilton, Howard Theatre: A Century in Song was awarded the prestigious “Salute to Excellence Award” by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2011, and was a featured presentation at the Congressional Black Caucus meetings. This program was also nominated for a regional Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Documentary.