February 3, 2021

 

1920-Charles Gilpin became the first African American to be honored by the Drama League. He was named one of the ten people who was most influential on American theatre that year, but he was initially not invited to the ceremony due to his race. After several influential theatre artists led a protest against the organization for this reason, the Drama League relented. Charles Gilpin was most noted for his role as the lead in Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones.  Read More:

 

 

MEDITATION PROMPT:

Intention

 

JOURNAL PROMPT:

Do we create art for ourselves or for validation from others?

 

 

 

 

 

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