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Racial Equity and Social Justice

Materials selected by IU librarians and members of our community
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun (1959)

A Raisin in the Sun

Influential play about Black family life in the inner city by Lorraine Hansberry. First performed in 1959.

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Ntozake Shange, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (1975)

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Dramatic prose poem about Black women's experiences by Ntozake Shange. First published in 1975.

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Wakako Yamauchi, And the Soul Shall Dance (1977)

And the Soul Shall Dance

1977 play by Japanese American writer Wakako Yamauchi depicting an Issei woman's rebellion. E-book.

Chay Yew, Porcelain (1992)

Porcelain

Award-winning play about a crime of passion by Singapore playwright Chay Yew. First performed in 1992.

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Roy Williams, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (2002)

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads

Play about racism and nationalism by British playwright Roy Williams. Originally published in 2002.

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Kwame Kwei-Armah, Elmina's Kitchen (2003)

Elmina's Kitchen

2003 play about the Black experience in Britain's inner cities by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

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Trey Anthony, 'Da Kink in My Hair (2005)

'Da Kink in My Hair

Play by Trey Anthony set in a West Indian hair salon in Toronto. First published in 2005.

Young Jean Lee, Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (2006)

Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven

Korean American identity play by Young Jean Lee. First performed in 2006. 

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Tarell Alvin McCraney, The Brothers Size (2007)

The Brothers Size

Play by Tarell Alvin McCraney depicting a struggle between brothers in Louisiana. Originally published in 2007. E-book.

Lynn Nottage, Ruined (2009)

Ruined

Play by Lynn Nottage set in war-torn Congo. Ruined won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009.

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By the same playwright: Sweat (2017)

Inua Ellams, Barber Shop Chronicles (2017)

Barber Shop Chronicles

2017 play by UK-based playwright Inua Ellams. Barber Shop Chronicles is set in Black barber shops in five cities. E-book.

Qui Nguyen, Vietgone (2017)

*Vietgone

Award-winning romantic comedy by Qui Nguyen about how his parents met after the Vietnam War. From 2017.

* = community suggestion