A “ghost light” is the light that is always left on in a dark theater to provide safety and security to all who enter.
At this time, across time zones, more than 100 professional, educational, and community theaters around the country will hold simultaneous gatherings.
These gatherings are a public affirmation of each theater’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. They are a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton University Triangle Club, and the Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theatre invite you to a brief gathering on the lawn outside the Matthews Theatre to publically affirm that in our shared performance spaces, all are welcome.
We ask that people begin to arrive starting at 5pm. At 5:30pm we will offer some brief remarks and together take part in a “moment of light.” The event will conclude by 6pm. We hope you can join us for this affirmation of compassion and inclusion.
No RSVP is necessary, but if you do plan on attending, please feel free to mark “going” on the Facebook event here: The Ghostlight Project at McCarter
The Ghostlight Project aims to create brave spaces that will serve as lights in the coming years. We aim to activate a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities.
We define “a brave space” as a space where:
In a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day talk, Ali Michael admits regretfully that as a white person, had she been living during the Civil Rights era, she probably would not either supported or opposed anti-racism activists, but would have been a bystander. “The third kind of White people was White people who didn’t pay attention to what was going on. They didn’t fight it, and they didn’t support it. Sometimes they didn’t even know about it. They didn’t care. They were bystanders.” In giving evidence from her life to support this conclusion, Michael points out ways white people today need to fight racism every day.
This brief (< 4-minute) video includes some great actionable tips for those wanting to be more prepared to actively respond to racism:
The places with the most immigrants voted against the anti-immigrant candidate.
They don’t hate and fear immigrants because they live with them. The parties didn’t fall for the caricaturized version of each other because they know each other.
If we’re going to get out of this mess, we have to break the grip of segregation. Online, and especially off, we need to come together and make our own judgments about one another
So says Dave Pell in an essay on Medium here