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As America reckons with generations of racial injustice, and destroyed hidden history…  the stories that we will preserve, present, and honor are the very things that will hopefully foster world empathy, change lives and ensure that our next generations of Americans have a different and positive view of themselves and their neighbors.

I must be a motivating catalyst, an actor for justice, an director of change, and an artist of choice. 


Art is my weapon…

Terrance Ballard – “Bamboozled

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Abdel Salaam✨ Alde Lewis✨ Adelle Gautier✨ Arthur Theodore Wilson

B’nard Lewis✨Carla Earle✨Carol Sutton✨Chapman Roberts✨Chuck Cooper

Cicely Louise Tyson✨Duchess Harris, Ph.D., JD✨Dale Ricardo Shields✨Debra Byrd

Dooley Wilson✨Nefretete Rasheed✨Dyane Harvey-Salaam✨Eugene Lee

Faith Ringgold✨FelaFrank Espada✨Fred Benjamin✨John Hope Franklin

Jonelle Allen✨Johnny NashKathy A. Perkins✨Lady Peachena

Lorraine Vivian HansberryLouis Johnson✨Martin Espada✨Niles Fitch✨Pura Fé

Robert FlemingRobert Hooks✨Ruben Santiago-Hudson✨Sandra Reaves-Phillips✨Slim Mello

Stan Brown✨Samuel Légitimus✨Shirley Taylor✨Stanley Wayne Mathis

Thurgood Marshall✨Stephen WiltshireVictor Love✨Venida Evans

Vickilyn Reynolds✨Vinnette Carroll✨Vinnie Bagwell✨William Edmondson 


The Little Rock Nine 🌟The Scottsboro Boys🌟 Benjamin Banneker🌟Leigh Whipper🌟                                  Marcus GraveyThe Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music🌟Black American Soldiers in the Civil War 
Media Depictions of the Mammy Archetype🌟THE SHIELDS BROTHER


Kevin A. Williams/WAK (Artist)


“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”

 Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Art is a weapon in the struggle of ideas…

The artist’s role is to raise the consciousness of the people.

To make them understand life, the world, and themselves more completely.”

Imamu Amiri Baraka 


“We are a people.
A people do not throw their geniuses away.
And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children, and, if necessary, bone by bone.” 

 Alice Walker©2022

Fannie Lou Hamer

FANNIE  LOU  HAMER   ✨ National Women’s History Month. “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories” by DALE RICARDO SHIELDS   American voting and women’s rights activist, community organizer, and leader in the civil rights movement. She was the vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.  – [Wikipedia] …

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Antone Pagán

Antone Pagán Actor, Director, Producer, and Writer  by Dale Ricardo Shields     Antone Pagán was raised in Harlem, New York. He has been a member of the famed Actors Studio since the late 1980s and was recently appointed to the studio’s membership committee. He listed among his Actors Studio mentors, Paul Calderon, Frank Corsaro, Lee Grant, …

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Dale Ricardo Shields

DALE  RICARDO  SHIELDS Theatrical Director, Educator, Historian, and Artistic Activist    Dale Ricardo Shields is a 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and a 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, The winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/”VIV” Special Achievement Award, The 2020 & 2021 ENCORE AWARD …

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  REYNO by Dale Ricardo Shields   REYNO CRAYTON  His early death has left a hole in the New York’s Black Theatre community heart. “I miss you, Ole Friend.” Born 8/26/52 (Cleveland, Ohio) Death 6/27/90 (Cleveland, Ohio) An alumnus of Karamu House and Cleveland, Ohio native, Reyno Crayton was the founding member and Artistic Director …

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Pura Fé

Pura Fé  MUSICIAN/SINGER/COMPOSER/ACTIVIST  Pura Fé, whose name means “Pure Faith,” was born in New York City and an heir to the Tuscarora Indian Nation. She is an artist, an activist, and much more.    by DALE RICARDO SHIELDS  ~Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, artist, dancer, actor, teacher, and activist.~ This “Renaissance woman” is the founding member …

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