The Broadway community wants to get in on addressing the issues that have long threatened our freedom as Americans. With the mounting evidence of police brutality in the Black community, many celebrities and well-known figures have organized meetings and events in an effort to find solutions, justice, and change.
Most recently, the Broadway for Black Lives Matter Collective was formed and will host a special event “to present a night of unity and solidarity through artistic expression and conversation.” Guest appearances will include India.Arie, Audra McDonald, and more.
From Broadway Black:
An overwhelming number of friends and colleagues in the Broadway community have expressed a deep desire to participate in an open dialogue about the social and racial justice issues that are troubling our nation. The event will bring Broadway performers together with policy reformers, educators, clergymen, public officials, and community leaders to discuss a plan of action. The evening will spark conversation and encourage people to discover their roles as active participants in a movement towards positive change.
Guest appearances include six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, four-time Grammy Award winner India.Arie, Tony Award winners Billy Porter (Shuffle Along, Kinky Boots), Jeanine Tesori (Artistic Director Of NYCC) & Tony Kushner (Angels of America). Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Passing Strange), Professor Kendall Thomas (Columbia Law School), Joshua Henry(Shuffle Along), Camille A. Brown (A Streetcar Named Desire), Professor Frank Roberts (Yale), Daniel Beaty, Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton), The Broadway Inspirational Voices, & New York City Center’s cast of THE RUNAWAYS. The evening with consist of performances, Q&As, and discussions of tangible ways in which we can be ACTIVE in our pursuits for change.
Other celebrities who have participated community events supporting the Black Lives Matter movement include The Game, Terrence J, Tyrese Gibson, Young Jeezy, Jesse Williams, and more. For more information on how you can attend #BWAY4BLM, click here.
#BlackLivesMatter just made its Broadway debut.
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