This 3.5-mile tour from Columbia Heights to Shaw will give runners an active and engaging experience focused on the visionaries, businesses, and entertainment venues that shaped “Black Broadway,” and how the pride and dignity born out of this neighborhood helped to bridge racial divides. Learn about Howard University and its role in educating notable African American professionals who became leading figures in U Street’s thriving entertainment scene. Encounter musical inspiration by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and DC’s very own jazz legend Duke Ellington.
I am an architect and licensed tour guide offering run tours - a fun way to learn more about local sights while keeping up with your wellness goals. I got bitten by the running bug several years ago and quickly went from "non-runner" to participating in 5Ks to marathons. I am excited to share my knowledge of DC's beautiful architecture with you, in addition to its rich history and culture.
This tour is a gentle downhill course that starts at Columbia Heights Metro Station (yellow, green) and ends at the U Street Metro (green, yellow). Stops on the tour include: Howard University, Howard theater, Industrial Bank, Bohemian Caverns, True Reformer building where Duke Ellington first played, Lincoln theater, Whitelaw hotel where visiting black musicians stayed, and Duke Ellington’s childhood home.
Please be sure to hydrate and use the restroom beforehand. There will be no restroom breaks during the tour but there will be several stores nearby at the end with restrooms.
Black Broadway Architecture Run Tour