Tuesday, February 16, 2021

What Do You Know About the Minstrel Show? A Free Presentation This Thursday

Can Blackface be separated from its cultural origins? Who were the Black producers who tried to take control of Blackface and change the narrative around how Black people were portrayed in American culture? How do we use this history to inform our understanding of the present and move forward to a more equitable future?

Vanguard Theater Company explores these questions and more in an inclusive
video premiere and panel discussion on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 7:30 PM EST, with:

  • Janeece Freeman Clark, Professor and Founding Artistic Director of Vanguard Theater Company 
  • Susheel Bibbs, award-winning singer-filmmaker and founder of the Living Heritage Foundation
  • Professor Louis Chude-Sokei, Professor of English and director of the African American Studies Program at Boston University.

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Co-founded in 2015 by two Black artists/educators, and with over a 50% BIPOC Board,  Staff, and participants, Vanguard Theater Company is a unique 501(c)(3) committed to changing the narrative through theater dedicated to DREAM: Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Activism & Mentorship. Contact us at, and B , or look for us on social media @vtcnj and #dreamVTC .