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(Washington Post) –– Few things survive to see 100. Even fewer get reborn at that age.

On Sunday, a century to the date that the Howard Theatre opened as the first of its kind to showcase the talents of African American artists, hundreds gathered to celebrate its history and look toward its future.

“The Howard Theatre is still alive, still has hope for coming back and being the theater it’s been for so many people for so many years,” said Rodney Ellis, interim chairman of the Howard Theatre Restoration Board, the nonprofit organization behind the effort to reopen the theater.

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