Black Academy of Arts and Letters Records

About the Academy

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) is a Dallas, Texas based visual and performing arts organization dedicated to stimulating awareness of black artistic accomplishments and identifying, encouraging, and supporting young artists and scholars in African-American arts and letters. Originally called the Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters, the organization was founded in 1977 by Curtis King of Coldwater, Mississippi. In its early years, TBAAL created its own touring theater troupe, the Third World Players. It has since grown to host over one hundred performances every year, including an annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. entitled Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement, and a Summer Arts program aimed at engaging Dallas K-12 students in the theatrical arts.

About the Digital Collection

The digital collection currently features photographs documenting TBAAL events. Many prominent artists are included.

Some items in this collection are restricted to use by the UNT community.

Copyright for all content in the TBAAL Archive is owned solely by the Black Academy of Arts and Letters. Inquiries to obtain permission for commercial and/or non-educational use of material from the TBAAL Archive, should be directed to Curtis King, president, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters.



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Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert
9,360
Comedy Night at the Muse
8,449
Poets 'n Jazz
8,398
TBAAL Annual Dance
5,957
Hip Hop Broadway: The Musical
5,083
Whitney: The Musical
3,868
Dress Performance Theater Series
3,575
24-Hour FilmFeast
3,221
Jazz at the Muse
3,021
30th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert
2,615
28th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert
2,532
Blue, Black, and Hot
2,264
Roundtable Writer's Breakfast
2,260
Tramaine Hawkins' Four Decades in Gospel Music
1,751
Aretha: The Musical
1,465
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters 30th Anniversary Gala
1,451
20th Annual Christmas/Kwanzaa Concert
1,427
30th Anniversary Gala
1,272
All the Queen's Men
1,085
Dallas Arts Gala
803
Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert, featuring Chrisette Michele and Ledisi
761
An Evening with the Ambassadors of Africa and the Caribbean
740
Hallelujah Gospel: The Musical
612
25th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert
579
Frederick Douglass Now
557
Harvest of Katrina Voices
496
Do Lord Remember Me
456
27th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert
453
18th Annual Christmas/Kwanzaa Concert
397
Christmas/Kwanzaa Concert
249
7th Annual First Ladies Luncheon
228
Dream Concert
216
Ali...The Man, The Myth, The People's Champion
184
Dallas/Fort Worth Black Living Legends
176
14th Annual Christmas/Kwanzaa Concert
171
Austin Street Facility
167
DART and KHVN Heaven 97]
160
The Ebony Nutcracker
145
Dreamz
144
19th Annual Christmas/Kwanzaa Concert
105
Duke Ellington Small Band Concert
104
Black Don't Crack But My Soul Does Ache
99
Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
94
Cinderella
93
Black Dance Master Class
87
Black Music and The Civil Rights Movement Concert, featuring Chrisette Michele & Ledisi.
86
9th Annual Christmas/Kwanzaa Concert
85
8th Annual Book Club Publisher's Luncheon Roundtable
84
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
77
A Christmas Carol
76
The Gospel Gurls
76
Black Boy
69
An Evening with Dave Chapelle and Friends
62
Drummer's Expo
60
Heart of Soul Concert
58
Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert, featuring Chrisette Michele and Ledisi.
57
Austin Street 10th Anniversary
55
Weekend Festival of Black Dance
51
Women Master Drummers of Guinea
50
Bethune
47
Ellis Island
47
The Wizard of Oz
47
Black Journey
44
TBAAL 30th Anniversary Gala
42
15th Annual Christmas/Kwanzaa Concert
31
Austin St. Facility
31
East Coast Friends Meeting
30
Al Dupree Band and Soul Nation: Writer's Showcase
24
Emerging Spirit Exhibition
23
Emotional Backgammon
23
Black Folks Don't Need No Shrinks
20
Black Arts Convocation
14
Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert, featuring Chrisette Michele an Ledisi
10
Dallas Buildings
9
Amen Corner
8
Alice in Wonderland
7
By a Black Hand: The Rap Musical
6
Black Filmmakers Symposium
2