Compiled By Don Thomas
Renowned Cultural Historian and co-founder of the first virtual museum for the preservation of African American Women’s History and Culture, Dr. Glenda R. Taylor recently attended the Public Conversation with Poet/ Activist/Author Dr. Sonia Sanchez and Sade Lythcott, CEO of the National Black Theatre. The program, presented by the Billie Holliday Theatre in collaboration with the Stella Adler Studio in Brooklyn, New York, was held at the Billie Holliday Theatre in Restoration Plaza.
The public conversation with Sanchez was a part of a week long course on the history of the Black theatre. The course is described as a comprehensive review of the contemporary Black theatre tradition which focuses on the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Power Movement, the Negro Ensemble Company, and the theatres which emerged during the Black Arts Movement.
Taylor has done research on Sanchez and the Black Arts Movement for the past five years as a part of her dissertation which explores how African American artists have a tradition of using their art forms to promote societal change.
The dissertation, which focuses on how the late great Michael Jackson (in the African American cultural tradition) used his art forms to raise public consciousness and promote social change, is the first extensive academic research study done on the artistry of Jackson.
Taylor says that, “Most people do not know that Jackson was a bibliophile, and ardent student of history and culture who made a decision to use his art forms purposefully.” Taylor defended her dissertation in June of 2017 and graduated in October. She states that the dissertation which has a section on the Black Arts Movement and Sanchez will be published in the fall of this year. If you’d like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Dr. Taylor, e-mail Public Relations @GlendaRTaylor.com