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Date: Sunday, July 27th

Time: Starting 1:00PM

Location: National Black Theatre (>>get directions)

Dr. Teer's body will be lying in state


Date: Monday, July 28th

Time: Starting 1:00PM

Location: National Black Theatre (>>get directions)

A celebratory parade originating at NBT will proceed to a memorial service honoring Dr. Teer's life and vision at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive (between 120th and 122nd Streets). Service begins at 3:00PM.


Date: Monday, July 28th

Time: Starting 9:00PM

Location: Hudson River near Riverside Church

Fireworks display by the Grucci Family in honor of Dr. Teer on the Hudson River near Riverside Church.


The family kindly requests that the colors WHITE and PURPLE be worn in honor of Dr. Teer.






                                                  [New York - July 21, 2008] Dr. Barbara

                                             Ann Teer, Founder & visionary of the

                                              National Black Theatre Inc, made her

                                               transition peacefully at home Monday,

                                               July 21, 2008.  Dr. Teer was an icon in

                                                   the healing art of Black Theatre.  Leaving

                                                behind a lucrative show business, she

                                                came to Harlem in 1968 & founded the  

                                                  National Black Theatre (NBT), beginning

                                          a 40-year passion that changed the

                                                   cultural landscape of the theatrical world.

                                             She created a new cultural art form by

                                 blending cultural appreciation,

                                                  performing arts & community advocacy.

                                                In 1983, she expanded that vision with

                                               the purchase of a 64,000 sq ft building located at 125 Street & Fifth Avenue. There, she created a thriving cultural & business complex housing the largest New Sacred Yoruba Art collection in the western hemisphere. Through a commitment to her vision & purpose, the National Black Theatre is a world-class institution that inspires cultural transformation, social change, human re-development, historic relevance & futuristic innovation.


Throughout her life, she was always on the cutting edge, as the world paced one step behind her trail blazing vision & provocative stage productions. As a former dancer, actress, producer, director, writer, cultural entrepreneur & more recently, officially an African Chieftain, she has won countless awards & received numerous Honorary Doctorate Degrees. However, what mattered most to her was spiritual, self-empowerment.  She was known for providing a cultural incubator & training forum for artists in all walks of life. Her commitment through the National Black Theatre was to offer an alternative learning environment where she attracted people from around the world whose work she impacted & showcased.


Dr. Barbara Ann Teer loved Harlem & took a stand for it against the odds.  As much as she loved Harlem, she loved her birth home, East St. Louis, Illinois.  Dr. Teer leaves in spirit & love two children: Sade & Michael Lythcott & a host of long-term staff, friends & family. There will be a viewing at the National Black Theatre on Sunday, July 26, from 2-5pm. Owens Funeral Home will host her transition in New York, on Monday, July 28. She will be released in perpetuity when returned to her home town for her interment with her family who preceded her. In her own words: "The only thing you can take to the bank is love."  Love is the currency, the vibratory frequency that Dr. Teer's spirit leaves for us to continue.  She's given the world her legacy as a treasure chest of authentic, unprecedented achievements that will stand forever as a tribute to her vision & tireless work.  Now & forever more, her legacy & love will live on to impact generations to come.



“The only

weapon to win

the war is love.”



“Who is the God,

that is the God, that is?



“There is no reality in lack.”



“Stop living in your circumstances and start living in your future possibilities.”



“The historical circumstances of my physical enslavement are now over, the middle passage complete…I am now highly pleasing to myself in the presence of you.”




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