Black Conference, an interactive experience conceived by Falconworks Theater Company and inspired by the book Collective Courage by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, is set in the late-Depression era world of 1938. New Deal legislation to mitigate the impacts of a crippled economy have failed and often explicitly excluded Blacks. Alternative measures are desperately needed. Audience members, along with actors as conference attendees, strategize with civil rights icons Ella Baker, Gwendolyn Brooks, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neal Hurston, Martin Luther King Sr., A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Bayard Rustin, Hazel Scott and other powerful advocates of cooperative economics for the Advancement of Colored People.
The action unfolds during the opening ceremonies of the fictional Conference on Cooperative Economics for the Improvement of Colored People and the much-anticipated opening plenary of Black leadership presenting strategies for building and sustaining a Black cooperative movement. Heated debates erupt onstage as expected. Drama will also unfold in the auditorium and throughout the convention center, as characters reveal their personal and public struggles confronting sexism, homophobia, goliath companies, FBI investigations, and the ever-present and often violent repression from a White majority that threatened Blacks attempting to organizeespecially in the U. S. south.
PS 15 - The Patrick F Daly School (View)
71 Sullivan Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|