African American Quotations

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THEATER
2241. The classic function of the theater is to project and illuminate the feelings and concerns of the community which sustains it.

Robert Abrahams, 1905-1971

2242. It is a sad fact that I have rarely seen a Negro actor really well used on the American stage or screen, or on television.

James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist

2243. My main concern is theater; and the theater does not reflect a universal society. It has been stingy and selfish and it has to do better.

Anna Deavere Smith, 1950- Actor

2244. There are characteristics and natural tendencies in our people which make just as beautiful studies for the stage as to be found in the make-up of any other race, and perhaps far better.

Aida Overton Walker, 1880-1914 Singer and Dancer

2245. I was thinking about all the honors that are showered on me in the theater.... However, when I reach a hotel, I am refused permission to ride on the passenger elevator.

Bert Williams, 1876-1922 Entertainer

2246. If I could interpret in the theater [the] underlying tragedy of the race, I feel that we [African Americans] would be better known and better understood. Perhaps the time will come when that dream will come true.

Bert Williams, 1876-1922 Entertainer

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