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Black Theatre Day

Black Theatre Day is a significant day in American and African American history. It marks the anniversary of the inaugural opening night for the African Grove Theatre in 1821. Every September 17th allows us to pause and acknowledge the first known Black-led and centered theatre institution in the United States. Before our ancestors were freely born citizens of this nation, they hungered for a safe space where they could be unfiltered, unedited, and resolute. This day celebrates the audacity of Black creatives to believe in the importance of telling Black stories and uplifting the experiences of Black people.

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