Fellow Citizens: How Black Americans Reframed Citizenship

5 Min Read

At the time of the American Civil War, four million African Americans were enslaved in the United States. As President Abraham Lincoln and federal lawmakers legislated their way through emancipation and abolition, a question rose to the foreground: what would freedom mean for Black Americans? Black people asserted that it meant citizenship.

A Christmas Carol: Reimagined for 2021 at Ford's Theatre

3 min. Read

Ford’s Theatre celebrates 40 years of producing A Christmas Carol in 2021. This year’s production features new staging– a deliberate and thoughtful attempt to create a safe environment for the acting company and provide a joyful holiday experience for all who attend. The audio drama is also available for free streaming with registration on www.fords.org, December 3-27, 2021.

Albert Einstein and Marian Anderson's Friendship of Happenstance

5 min. Read

Set in the 1930s, My Lord, What a Night is a new drama based on the real-life friendship between contralto Marian Anderson and physicist Albert Einstein. It may be hard to imagine that one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century and the German-Jewish genius who developed the theory of relativity would have much in common at all. This story based on true events encourages us to think otherwise.

Celebrating Juneteenth: A Day of Remembrance

6 min. Read

Happy Juneteenth from Ford’s Theatre! The year 2021 marks the 41st anniversary of the first official Juneteenth day of observance and is the first year that Juneteenth is recognized as a federal holiday.  Development Associate Erin Smith explains.