Standing Together Against Racist ViolenceBlack Lives Matter
We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, artists, volunteers, and audiences and condemn all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence against the entire Black community.
Our mission statement is not just empty words – we’ve aligned our values with providing safe spaces, including diverse perspectives, and presenting socially relevant theater. Our entire community benefits from the African American performers, designers, and directors who bring our plays to life. Those valued members who make up the Company of Gloucester Stage, mean we have a responsibility to stand up right now and shout alongside them: Black Lives Matter.
Armed white men continue to provoke and project misconduct onto Black men & women who are innocent, and then use self-defense as justification to suffocate or gun them down. This is one part of an entire culture of systemic racism that must be dismantled.
Until the color of a person’s skin does not obstruct their freedom to live without fear in America, let us dedicate ourselves to justice.
“When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity upon him.” -Bayard Rustin
We’re asking ourselves what we can do to increase the momentum of change?
For those who are unable to be on the front lines, we must educate ourselves. Two books we recommend right now –
Riots erupted in cities across the nation in response to the assisination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4th, 1968. On the sixth day of protests, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 was passed. Write your representative – demand justice today.