In the Shadow of the Great White Way
Images from Black Theater
The 1992 Calendar of African American History
Aetna's 1992 calendar focused on the theatrical accomplishments of African American playwrights, directors, actors, actresses and costume designers, including well-known artists Denzel Washington, Debbie Allen, Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones and Paul Robeson. Paul Carter Harrison, coauthor of In the Shadow of the Great White Way, wrote: "Black theater is clearly alive and well in America; it exists as a vital contribution to American cultural life, no longer in the shadow of the Great White Way." Black theater earned national attention with the establishment of the first National Black Theater Festival in 1989, organized by the North Carolina Black Repertory. Today, the biennial festival attracts more than 50,000 people over six days.
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