Rashad directed this play on Sunday at the Kennedy Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the four African-Americans girls who were killed by Caucasian supremacist with an explosion.
The bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. killed these four little girls 50 years ago and ignited the civil rights movement.
Rashad said she wanted the reading to emphasize the “sanctity of joy, human existence and the value of all life”.
The play was performed by students from her alumni Howard University and Duke Ellington School of Arts in Washington, D.C.
Rashad said as she directs she wants to keep a creative energy going while keeping in line with the writers vision, “while leaving room for people to add to the vision in a collaborative effort.”
Rashad 65 switched gears as an actress to the director, to direct such a powerful play of an event that changed our history.
Rashad has had a long standing career in film, television, theater and voice; and is just getting started on her journey as a director.
Rashad won a Tony award for best actress, for her role as Lena Younger in her 2004 performance of “Raisin in the Sun” which is a playwright by Lorraine Hansberry.