Panel Discussion on the State of Gay Black America at Roosevelt University
5:30PM | Murray-Green Library

As part of the Auditorium Theatre’s Billy Strayhorn Festival, we invite you to join us for a rich panel discussion examining the legendary jazz musician’s experience as a gay African American man in the middle of the twentieth century, as well as the state of gay black America today.

Moderated by Dexter Zollicoffer, an actor, writer, director and diversity advisor at The Theatre School at DePaul University, the discussion will center on how we can rebuild strong supports for one of our most fractured communities. Panel participants include social, artistic, and educational scholars of Chicago: Roderick Hawkins, Director of Communications at Andrea Zopp for Senate; Erick D. Dorris, Arts Education Consultant/Artist; Cassaundra Bails-Mcleod, Network Fine Arts/Community Initiatives Coordinator, Academy of Urban School Leadership; and Adrian Dunn, Artists/CEO and Founder of Hopera World Entertainment.

The panel will take place on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 – 7:30PM  in the Murray-Green Library Reading Alcove at Roosevelt University. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.