"5 Ways of Understanding Black Lives Matter": Frank Leon Roberts, Cynthia Erivo, and Ledisi





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Published on Aug 2, 2016

"5 Ways of Understanding Black Lives Matter" from the event Broadway For Black Lives Matter. Frank Leon Roberts (New York University) Introduced by Tony Award Winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple). Performance of "Change Gonna Come" by Grammy Award Winning Artist Ledisi. To learn more about BroadwayforBlackLives visit www.Broadwayblack.com/Bway4BLM

Livestream of full event available at:

Broadway stars come together August 1 at Columbia University for a night of unity and solidarity supporting the Black Lives Matter movement through artistic expression and conversation before a public audience.

The Broadway for Black Lives Matter Collective present the free community event at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall Roone Arledge Auditorium, located at 2920 Broadway (West 115th Street). Doors open at 8 PM, with the program beginning at 8:30 PM. The evening is sold out. Click here to read more.

Guest appearances include six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald ( Shuffle Along, Lady Day), four-time Grammy Award winner India.Arie, Tony Award winners Billy Porter ( Shuffle Along, Kinky Boots), Jeanine Tesori (artistic director of New York City Center) and Tony Kushner ( Angels of America), Danielle Brooks ( The Color Purple), Rebecca Naomi Jones ( Hedwig and 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 and New York City Center’s cast of Runaways.

The evening, co-sponsored by Columbia Law School, consists of performances, Q&As and discussions of tangible ways in which we can actively promote change. Broadway Black, a digital platform dedicated to highlighting the achievements of black theatre artists, will live-stream the event, and it can be watched here. Follow @BroadwayBlack #BWAY4BLM to join in the conversation community and become Agents of Change across the country.

According to the Broadway for Black Lives Matter Collective, “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.”

Monetary donations are gratefully accepted at BroadwayBlack.com/BWAY4BLM.

The Broadway for Black Lives Matter Collective consists of a group of arts activists involved in the Broadway community. These members include Amber Iman ( Shuffle Along, Soul Doctor), Aisha Jackson ( Beautiful, Waitress), Mykal Kilgore ( Hair, Motown), Britton Smith ( After Midnight, Shuffle Along), Douglas Lyons ( Book of Mormon, Beautiful), Andrew Shade (Broadway Black founder) and Jacquelyn Bell (Bell Arts Entertainment) along with organizations Broadway Black and The Oneness Project.


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