The mission of the Black Ensemble Theater is to eradicate racism and its damaging effects upon our society through the utilization of theater arts. BE is the only theater in the nation whose mission is to eradicate racism. Other organizations work to diversify audiences, but none utilize theater to bring races together in a community which embraces similarities and fosters dialogue, understanding and acceptance.
The Black Ensemble Theater was established in 1976 by actress, producer, and playwright Jackie Taylor. It grew from a small community arts organization into a nationally and internationally respected institution. In 2011 the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center opened its doors at 4450 N. Clark Street.
"From Doo Wop to Hip Hop" is currently playing at the BET. It is a story about a neighborhood, neighbors, music, race and tragedy.
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