Winston Salem is the home of the National Black Theatre Festival founded in 1989 by the late Larry Leon Hamlin…
The biennial National Black Theatre Festival, set for Aug. 3-8 on stages throughout Winston-Salem, will be co-chaired by Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan and will include an expanded TeenTastic program for young people.
Elwanda Ingram introduced the co-chairs Monday. A professor of English at Winston-Salem State University, Ingram is a longtime board member for the N.C. Black Repertory Company, which produces the festival, and is a frequent presenter at the festival.
Williams and Morgan are best known as Jesse and Angie Hubbard on ABC’s “All My Children.” Williams was born in England, and Morgan was born in Dunn but reared in the Bronx, N.Y. Their storyline on the popular daytime drama began in 1981, and the show ended in 2011.
“I have kissed this woman 1,000 times and enjoyed every minute of it,” Williams told the audience of festival volunteers, board members, fundraisers and media gathered in the Garden Terrace of the Embassy Suites Hotel.
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