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The People of Clarendon County--A Play by Ossie Davis

The People of Clarendon County--A Play by Ossie Davis

The People of Clarendon County--a Play by Ossie Davis, & the Answer to Racism! was written by the late actor in the 1950's. It was performed once by Davis, Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier 1955 for union members of local 1199 in New York. Unearthed by Journalist and Aesthetic Realism Associate Alice Bernstein, it chronicles how courageous black citizens of Clarendon County, South Carolina fought to get an education for their children equal to the one afforded white children. Their struggle was beautiful and just and so they prevailed. In 1954 the Supreme Court, in Brown vs. the Board of Education, deemed "separate but equal" unconstitutional. This play was published with the blessing of Ossie Davis and his hope that Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by the great American poet and... Show More


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Rosemary Plumstead
Rosemary Plumstead (Faculty)
9 years ago
I used the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method in New York City HS classrooms for more than 30 years. It brings the very best out of young people's minds--enables them to learn successfully, pass standardized tests and become kinder, more just human beings. This method gracefully joins, in every lesson, the subject and ethics in a way every teacher would find beneficial.
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