Who was Egbert Williams?
What is the origin of the cakewalk?
Who were the Whitman Sisters?
When individuals understand their history and culture, it empowers them to fulfill their potential and contribute to the larger society. Hattiloo's mission is to develop a Black theatre that is accessible, reflective, and relevant to a multicultural community. We consider it our responsibility to educate the public on the subject of the Black presence that has emanated throughout American theatre.
What is the Black Theatre Museum?
There are four exhibits that represent the following eras:
Reconstruction - minstrelsy, black face
Early 20th Century - vaudeville, the Black presence on Broadway
Civil Rights - McCarthyism, the Black Power Movement
Afrocentrism - Black expression through the arts
The exhibits include:
Video interviews of notable Black actors and playwrights