Ira’s Shakespeare Dream
, by Glenda Armand, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Lee & Low Books, 2015
As our first great African American Shakespearean actor, Ira Aldridge was celebrated throughout Europe. But in pre-Civil War America, he wasn’t allowed onstage. Anyone interested in theater, will be thrilled by the story of an actor who defied racial barriers and brought a new kind of naturalism to the acting of his day.