Memorial for James Spruill: February 12th

The Boston University School of Theatre in the College of Fine Arts is mourning the death of James Spruill, longtime faculty member, actor, director, producer, and activist in the African American theatre movement.  Spruill died of pancreatic cancer on December 31 at the age of 73.

Public Memorial:
Jim, The Official Life Celebration
Saturday, February 12, 2:00-4:30pm
Black Box Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts

“There must be a black theater for the black community, our own voices in our own playwrights, and the more black rage the better,’’ Mr. Spruill told Globe theater critic Kevin Kelly in October 1968, speaking in a resonant, stage-trained voice which was as restrained as the words were fierce.

“Black people,’’ he added quietly, “refuse to go around not being recognized any more.’’








James Spruill, a retired CFA associate professor, in 1998. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.

About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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