[ISSUE SIXTEEN]

Benedict College Theater Ensemble
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The Urgency of Difference and Sameness
Rep. Elijah Cummings As headlines appear every day about the racism ravaging our nation, we affirm our mission to join with others combatting racism, with Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded by the great American educator Eli Siegel, as our basis. With Baltimore recently a scene of turbulence and agony, Congressman Elijah Cummings (shown left), U.S. Representative of Maryland's 7th congressional district since 1996, earned the respect of people of all ages and skin color, speaking in behalf of justice, compassion, and CHANGE.
       The Alliance is proud of interviews with Congressman Cummings in Baltimore and Washington some years ago for the oral history project, "The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights." In the following video excerpt, Mr. Cummings tells of men and women who encouraged his desire for justice, and describes his first memories of racial injustice in Baltimore.
          

The spirit of Clarendon County continues.
An audience of 600 people--young and old--in New York State attended our production of "The People of Clarendon County"--A Play by Ossie Davis, & the Answer to Racism! In this performance, actors Allan Michael, Mugga, and Jeffrey Williams gave dramatic form to the story of the brave black parents in South Carolina who risked their lives in the 1950s to file a lawsuit for their children to have an education equal to that of white children. Dr. Jaime Torres, Onilaja Waters, Dr. Arnold Perey, Monique Michael, and Alice Bernstein told what they're so grateful to have learned from Aesthetic Realism about the cause and answer to racism, including in their own lives.
       AND--in South Carolina, students of Professor Charles David Brooks III, Prof. Charles David Brooks IIIHead of the Arts & Theatre Department at Benedict College in Columbia, gave 3 performances of Ossie Davis's play"The People of Clarendon County." This came about through a request by graduating senior, Carrington Hardin, to the professor. And we're grateful that in those South Carolina events, Professor Brooks (shown left) read the introduction by Alice Bernstein, which tells why Ossie Davis wanted his play performed in relation to Aesthetic Realism, believing the combination could be powerful in opposing racism.