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written & performed by Tommie J. Moore

directed by Bud Martin

OCTOBER 25 - NOVEMBER 12, 2017

Want a deeper look at the show? Learn more with our Study Guide.

REGIONAL PREMIERE! Before Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, there was boxing champion Jack Johnson. He captured the hearts—and in some cases the hatred—of crowds. Although it’s more than a century since Johnson stepped into the ring for that blockbuster bout, his quest for equality has never seemed more timely.


Due to profanity, including the use of the “n-word,” and suggestive description of sexual situations, the show is best for older teens and adults.

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“Compelling ... a powerful story, worth telling and worth knowing, a valuable history still (unfortunately) relevant for our times."

- The News Journal, Read the Review

Moore is a monologist of considerable talent & stamina ... 

A skillful, impassioned performance, an embodiment of an important story that shouldn’t be forgotten."

- Town Square Delaware, Read the Review

“Triumphant ... filled with thought-provoking moments and entertaining anecdotes."

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“Tommie Moore gives an impassioned performance."

- BroadwayWorld Delaware, Read the Review

"Moore is an artist for the thinking theatergoer ... a convincing and thought-provoking performance"

- WHYY, Read the Review

"A knockout ... Dare to Be Black entertains, and addresses today's racial issues through an historical lens, allowing us to appreciate how ugly blatant racism can be — and how important it is to fight back.." 

- Broad Street Review, Read the Review

"This 90-minute, hard-hitting journey transports the audience through inspiring moments of Johnson's life and lays out everything he had to fight, both with gloves on, and gloves off" 

- WDEL, Read the Review

ON AIR - Interview - Tommie J. Moore with Rick Jensen and Stefanie Whitby

Hear from playwright & performer Tommie J. Moore on what inspired him to write the play, the history of Jack Johnson, and more with this on-air interview. 

WDEL  /  Weekend Buzz  /  10.27.17

ON AIR - Weekend Buzz - WDEL

This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  

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