The Race Aid Project is the title for a unique model which combines art and scholarship to re-frame our understanding of Race.
The model has two components:
- a Performance Component, consisting of plays written in the Ten-Minute genre. These true-to-life, original works introduce audiences to America’s One-Drop laws---sometimes called the Laws for the Purging of the Flock.
- a Literary Component, the Race Aid Kit, containing a book, a Study Guide and a deck of Playing Cards.
The Race Aid Project was conceived by playwright J. e Franklin. With support from friends, through GoFundMe, the Project was launched on April 3, 2016, at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem, with a rehearsed and staged reading of the One-Drop plays.
A well-established playwright, Ms. J. e Franklin has taught in theater programs around the country, including the Department of Theater Arts at the University of Iowa, and at Rites and Reason Theater at Brown University. As a Lecturer, she has taught in the Department of Education at Herbert H. Lehman College/CUNY, where she began her research on Race and Racism. She has lectured widely on the subject, and her works for the stage have been performed on four continents.
“A thought has come to me, and I don’t know what to do about it.
A thought has come that, in asking our people to integrate, I have
asked them to integrate into a burning house…and I don’t know
what to do about it.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
To Harry Belafonte