Class. D for Difference. R for Race. An ABC of Equality is a children’s
book addressing social justice concepts via the alphabet. Increasingly,
grownups are exploring subjects related to equality with their children. Why?
Because our world is changing. By 2060, no single racial majority will exist (Kotler,
Haider, and Levine 2019, 6). Talking about race is thus imperative, and the
earlier the better.
My Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) project has been focused on gathering more information about the Dutchman review pictured above. The object was written by William B. Harris, a writer of many talents, including that of theatre reviews. He died in the year 2000 (Brown 2001, 2). Marymount College has since received a number of his works, and now it is their mission to keep his writings alive and accessible so that the general public can learn about part of New York’s theatre history through his writings.
This particular production of Dutchman took place at the Perry Street Theatre with performances
beginning on February 10, 1977 (Salem 1984, 46). The one-act play was written
in 1963 by LeRoi Jones (also known as Imamu Amiri Baraka) tells the story of a
white woman named Lula and a black man named Clay who become interested in each
other while sitting on a subway (Als 2007, 1). However, preconceived notions
cloud their judgments, taking the play in a direction that tackles class,
gender, and race head on.