Ira Aldridge

This focus means that we do not understand much about the man himself—his insights, his opinions, let alone what must have been his frustrations and rage—since he apparently kept no journal and wrote few letters except those related to the logistics of his bookings.  Still, Aldridge comes across as a remarkable person—a colossus, in many ways—highly moral, in an era when the theater was often perceived as a den of iniquity and in an environment (especially in England) charged with racism.  That is the wondrous accomplishment of Aldridge’s career—overcoming blatant racism with other actors, critics, and theater managers.  What a fabulous movie Ira Aldridge would make for some enterprising African American actor.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/30/the-african-roscius/

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