Broadway Actors and Artists of Color Inspire Conversation at Columbia Around Race and Social Change
Rousing performances and inspiring remarks from (left to right) Joshua Henry, Ledisi, Cynthia Erivo, and Billy Porter.
|Audra McDonald (left) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (right) discuss the importance of keeping the momentum going.|
|Professor Kimberle Crenshaw is in the house!|
|India.Arie leads the audience in singing "Breathe" at Monday evening's event held in Columbia's Learner Hall.|
|Professor Kendall Thomas (front) and Jeanine Tesori (back) address the crowd about the importance of events like Broadway for Black Lives Matter.|
|Amber Iman (left) came up with the idea for Broadway stars to come together in support of Black Lives Matter, while Britton Smith (right) teamed up with her on organizing the event.|
|Professor Susan Sturm (left) and Daniel Beaty (right) cheer on Monday evening's performances.|
A young girl dances in the aisle as Broadway Inspirational Voices gives the final performance of the night.
“I think that there are an unusual number in the Law School faculty and administration who are working at the intersection of research and teaching and community activism, and really trying to understand how we can use all of our resources and privileges to advance that agenda,” Sturm said. “And [we have] the good fortune of having a dean who was willing to jump in and support this remarkable event on very short notice and say the Law School has a place in advancing social justice. That’s a courageous and important step for us.”
Photos by Bruce Gilbert.