feeling nostalgic

Long ago when I was a student at Howard University, I used to walk past this dilapidated building with a faded marquee that read Howard. It was home to the Howard Theatre. I used to wonder about all of the amazing shows that took place and how the ladies must have looked all dolled up for their dates with their misters. It would always make me sad to see a building bearing the name of my beloved school, the Mecca in such a sad state.
Also during that time I fancied myself a poet and I wrote a poem called Rebirth of Cool. Well the Howard  Theatre has been transformed and will be reopened this week. A gleaming statue of the amazing Duke Ellington sits in front of the revamped theatre and with all of the grand-opening hoopla I have learned a great deal about this place. It was just as magical as I imagined it to be. Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and others have graced the stage. So if there ever was a Rebirth of Cool this restoration certainly fits the bill. I can't wait until a date night takes me to a show there- I will get a chance to be that dolled up lady with my mister enjoying the magic that is the Howard Theatre.

image courtesy of HU Reaction

1 comment:

  1. Such a great story! My father went to howard! When you get all dolled up for that night you make sure you let me know : )