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Ragtime and the N-Word

Although I had read the text, libretto, and seen Ragtime rehearsal previous to the production opening, I was not offended by the usage of the term”nigger” until I saw the production live. After the show, I found myself wondering why I had such a visceral reaction to Michael Oliver’s portrayal of Willie Conklin. Despite having some historical […]


Character Bio: Booker T. Washington

 Booker T. Washington Quick Facts Born a slave in 1856 but, after emancipation, moved with his family to West Virginia. Representative of the last generation of black leaders born in slavery. American educator, author, orator, and political leader. He was the dominant and most influential figure in the African American community in the United States […]