“The naming of this theater has a profound significance for me; theater has been central to my life's work as a scholar, educator and director,” Elam wrote in an email to The Daily.
Jailed for Melanin’s primary goal is improving awareness of “how mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex disproportionately affect minority communities,” while also being a resource for civic engagement in this issue.
“While I was there, I was really shocked at all of the decisions being made, and the fact that students didn’t have a voice in what was going on,” said 16-year-old Miranda Li. “There needs to be a way for students to express their voices.”
The backdrop of the event was a colossal, 100-foot banner with the words “Disarm. Defund. Divert.”