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February 20, 2022 is award-winning actor, director and diplomat Sidney Poitier’s birthday. He would have been 95 years-old. Tributes have cascaded for the Bahamian-American who died on January 6th.   Inevitably, the tributes all led off with his 1964 Academy Award for Best Actor.  That Oscar win, the first in the category awarded to a Black actor and a Bahamian, cemented Poitier at the age of 24 as the Jackie Robinson of Hollywood.

To commemorate and honor the birth and the rich, enduring legacy of this unparalleled actor and Civil Rights icon, the five Black theater service organizations—Black Theatre Network (BTN), Black Theatre United (BTU), The CRAFT Institute, The International Black Theatre Summit and Project1VOICE (P1V), along with WalkTall Girl Productions—are uniting on February 20, 2022 for another day of remembrance and solidarity—Sidney Poitier Day.


A Message From Project1VOICE’s Founder

In his 2008 victory speech, President Obama remarked that “change has come to America.” I was among the 240,000 people who witnessed this speech in Chicago’s Grant Park. Like many, I was hopeful at his words, but was discouraged about America’s devastating economic downturn, the Great Recession. Among the institutions heavily impacted by this crisis were Black theaters. After multiple conversations about the state and future of Black theater, I was inspired to combine my two loves of theater and community activism.  “Yes we can” from Obama’s speech became my source of sustenance and led me to establish and lead a grassroots movement.


Project1VOICE. Its mission was to cultivate and support artistic excellence, innovation, and creativity among African American theater organizations as well as preserving their legacies and those of African American playwrights.

About Us

Project1VOICE, Inc. (P1V) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit performing arts service organization based in New York City.  Its mission is to support and promote the American theater specifically the narrative of and by people of African descent.


P1V was formed during the economic downturn in 2009 to create awareness and support for the many community-building African American theaters whose doors were closing with no hope of re-opening. P1V’s core activity is the coordination of an international, same-day staged reading series that revives and re-introduces forgotten seminal works by playwrights from the African Diaspora, a critical thread in the tapestry of the American theater. This annual event is called Project1VOICE One Play One Day and takes place on the third Monday in June, each year.

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