Saturday, March 20, 2021


A Conversation on Black Women in the Movement
WHEN: March 24 – April 4, 2021
streaming on the Home with Crossroads virtual platform accessible from the Crossroads Theatre Company website
ree of charge

Women are the spark that has fueled the Civil Rights movement decades upon decades and Crossroad Theatre Company is honoring the sheroes from the past up through today. 

Black Women in the Movement is the second topic offered under Crossroads Town Talks series that kicked off in the beginning of the 2020-2021 season with the topic of voting. Black Women in the Movement is a moderated panel discussion that includes political strategist Marilyn D. Davis; Deborah Gray White, Ph. D, author and Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers University; and Lisa Yancey, community builder and entrepreneur.  WABC-TV Eyewitness News Reporter Toni Yates is moderating the panel.

“While Black women oftentimes did and still do the heavy lifting as organizers, coordinators and facilitators in the Civil Rights Movement, the accomplishments and achievements of that movement were largely attributed to men and our discussion will shed light on that, as well as the successes and challenges women in the movement face today,” said Monica Weeks, Co-Producer and Crossroads Marketing Director.  “This important conversation promises to be an enlightening one that will touch on the lack women leading movements today to bring justice for all,” Weeks added.

The National Women's History Alliance that coordinates Women’s History Month activities, extended last year’s theme to this year due to COVID-19. The theme is "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced. In addition to Black Women in the Movement, Crossroads’ celebration of women and their contributions to history, culture and society can also be experienced through a conversation and excerpts of Sheila’s Day currently streaming until March 24.

The program is sponsored by Zendesk, Inc., a Silicon Valley company known for its innovative customer relationship management software platforms.


About Crossroads Theatre 

The 1999 Tony® Award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company (CTC), now a resident member of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), is dedicated to creating and producing work that tells the stories that examine the African American experience so that it may be understood and appreciated by all people.  In its 42nd year being a preeminent gateway for black theatre, it has been the stage for many actors, directors, designers, writers and other theatre professionals. 


About the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) 

NBPAC has propelled New Brunswick’s Downtown Cultural Arts District into the spotlight as the region’s most exciting and dynamic performing arts center. NBPAC features two state-of-the-art theatrical venues in the Elizabeth Ross Johnson and Arthur Laurents Theaters, dedicated rehearsal studios and collaborative work spaces for arts organizations across the region.


Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.


About Zendesk 
Zendesk is a service-first CRM company that builds support, sales, and customer engagement software designed to foster better customer relationships. Zendesk serves more than 160,000 customers across a multitude of industries in over 30 languages. Zendesk is headquartered in San Francisco, and operates offices worldwide. Learn more at