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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard University Presents Steppin’ Out of the Negro Caravan
Featuring Debbie Allen, Avery Brooks, Lynda Gravatt and Joe Coleman

Washington (April 19, 2012) – Legendary choreographer, dancer, and director George Faison revives the writings of influential African Americans in the staged production Steppin’ Out of the Negro Caravan.  The production will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20 in the historic Ira Aldridge Theater, 2455 Sixth St. NW, Washington, DC. 

Featuring guest artists alumna and globally-renowned director, choreographer and author Debbie Allen (BFA ’71), Lynda Gravatt (BFA ’71), Avery Brooks, and Joe Coleman and students from the Department of Theatre Arts, Steppin’ Out of the Negro Caravan is a tribute to the literary legacy in the African diaspora, Howard University and beyond. The audience will experience this journey through the pages of “The Negro Caravan,” the first anthology of African-American sociological, political, ideological, cultural and aesthetic thought, was penned by professors Sterling A. Brown, Arthur P. Davis, and Ulysses Lee. Steppin’ Out of the Negro Caravan commemorates the 71st anniversary of the groundbreaking anthology.

“The Negro Caravan” is a journey through black literature, from the likes of Phyllis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon and Richard Wright, and was the inspiration for writers of current fiction.  In the publication, every literary form is represented, from the short story and novel to drama, to historical, cultural, social and personal essays.

Tickets are available at the Ira Aldridge Theater box office or online at For more information, call (202) 806-7700 or (202) 806-7050. Ticket sales will benefit the funding of the Sterling A. Brown Professorship in the Department of English and in the Humanities Division.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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