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Don Lief

In my reading several histories of black music and performers, I noted that Abe Lichtman was the first owner of the now-historic Howard Theater and that he turned its management over to black employees from its start in 1909. He later owned a chain of some 46 movie houses throughout the area, many of which were for black patronage. His large number of black employees included many at all levels, including managers. I feel that your scrapbook should honor his efforts which, in their time, were comparable to—and preceded—those of Morton Lebowitz who is, and should be, revered.

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