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Ira’s Shakespeare Dream by Glenda Armand Illustrations by Floyd Cooper

This above all…to thine own self be true

Shakespeare. Iambic pentameter. Such good stuff!

Young Ira Aldridge loved The Bard too. In the early 19th century, however, the last thing many Blacks could think about was Shakespeare.  When many people were sold into slavery or trying to make a living to feed their families, acting in plays seemed foolish.  And Ira’s father told him so.