In honor of Black History Month, Illinois Theatre is sharing a video of their September 2020 Harlem Renaissance Project, created, at the time, by junior Studio Actors. 

According to the recent announcement:

"The Harlem Renaissance Project, in which they explored poems from the extraordinary African American cultural movement a century before. This was a cherished experience and served the class’ mission of inclusion, decolonization of the canon and expression of our passion and commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement. This video is being shared as an offering from Illinois Theatre honoring Black History Month for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s community and beyond.

Adhering to thorough safety standards and COVID protocols, the poems were recited and recorded in The Krannert Center’s Tryon Festival Theatre."

Enjoy the performance on Vimeo.

Top image from the Illinois Theatre Facebook page