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Eradicating Racism Through Theater Arts

The Black Alumni Board would like to introduce the second installment of their 3-part Black Light Speaker Series: Diversity and Inclusion: Eradicating Racism Through Theater Arts featuring Jackie Taylor (BA '73), Founder & CEO of the Black Ensemble Theater and Cultural Center.

Jackie will walk us through her illustrious career, from her modest beginnings in the Cabrini Green housing project to a phenomenal acting career, where she performed in featured roles in several major films alongside such greats as Sidney Poitier, Laurence Fishburne, Vanessa Williams, Bill Dukes, Queen Latifah, Glynn Thurman and Lawrence Hilton Jacobs. Jackie has written and produced more than 100 plays and original productions. She has developed educational outreach programs that have changed the lives of its participants. On November 18, 2011, Jackie opened the 20-million-dollar Black Ensemble Theater and Cultural Center.

Webinar details

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CDT.


Featured speaker 

Jackie Taylor is an award-winning director, producer, actress, educator, singer, playwright, and theater founder. As the Founder of the 40-year-old Black Ensemble Theater and Cultural Center, she has created a strong institution committed to eradicating racism.

About the series

The series’ name is derived from the special purpose of a Black Light. The purpose of a Black Light is to illuminate things that are hidden. The goal of the series is to illuminate Black alumni and how they’ve carried Loyola’s mission and principles into their communities, work, professional lives, and causes.