Purchase an autographed copy of the best-selling local Black history book, Black Broadway in Washington, D.C., directly from the author!
The copies sold on other online marketplaces are not signed by the author. These copies are exclusively sold by Briana A. Thomas, and are a special online offering only found here on Etsy. Each ordered copy includes a free exclusive Black Broadway bookmark. The foreword is written by D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.
About the Book:
Before chain coffeeshops and luxury high-rises, before even the beginning of desegregation and the 1968 riots, Washington's Greater U Street was known as Black Broadway. From the early 1900s into the 1950s, African Americans plagued by Jim Crow laws in other parts of town were free to own businesses here and built what was often described as a "city within a city." Local author and journalist Briana A. Thomas narrates U Street's rich and unique history, from the early triumph of emancipation to the days of civil rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell and music giant Duke Ellington, through the recent struggles of gentrification.
About the Author:
Briana A. Thomas is a Washington, D.C.-based historian, journalist, and tour guide who specializes in African American research. Briana is the author of the local Black history book, Black Broadway in Washington, D.C. Briana has been published in Washingtonian Magazine, the historic Afro-American newspaper, and the Washington Post throughout her journalism career. Briana's educational neighborhood history tours have been featured on television networks such as ABC, NBC and CBS. She earned a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland-College Park and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from Greensboro College. She is the assistant pastor of a Maryland-based church Open Bible Ministries.