Unbought &


Reclaiming Our Vote

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This series is in partnership with Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American. NBT is working with When We All Vote to help inform and empower our community with the accurate information to make a difference and combat voter suppression. 

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In this very divisive time where the national consciousness is actively trying to dismantle unjust systems, National Black Theatre is asking the question, what are we building?"

- Sade Lythcott, CEO

After its critically acclaimed partnership with Park Avenue Armory for 100 YEARS | 100 WOMEN, National Black Theatre continues to uplift and focus on voter rights and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment with a curated digital series called, Unbought & Unbossed: Reclaiming Our Vote. Grounded in the dynamic legacy of Shirley Chisholm, this digital series features micro-commissions from Ngozi Anyanwu, Hope Boykin, Mahogany L. Browne, Dane Figueroa Edidi, Candice Hoyes, Val Jeanty, and Dianne Smith.


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Their multidisciplinary works were made to generate community awareness around the national election on November 3, 2020, uplift the legacy of Shirley Chisholm and her peers, and support the current conversation around the power of the vote from the perspective of Black women.

The new commissions premiered on National Black Theatre’s Instagram account and website. In tandem with the digital releases, NBT also hosted a NBT@HOME conversation series on Facebook Live with the commissioned artists as well as community leaders and historians, moderated by ChelseaDee.


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All programming for Unbought & Unbossed: Reclaiming Our Vote is free.

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's

National Black Theatre
Institute of Action Arts