The Larry Leon Hamlin Legacy Award
In 2013, the Black Theatre Network (BTN) was honored to inaugurate The Larry Leon Hamlin Legacy Award. Named in honor of the founder of the National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF), the award will be presented biennially to an individual who “accepts the challenge to sustain and enrich the vision of the founder of an established institution devoted to the development of black culture.” Larry Leon Hamlin (1948-2007) founded the National Black Theatre Festival® in 1989 to unite black theatre companies in America and to ensure the survival of the genre. Held biennially, the NBTF is a six-day event that attracts more than 65,000 black theatre enthusiasts. Under Hamlin’s leadership, NBTF became one of the most historic and culturally significant events in the history of black theatre. In 2013, the first Larry Leon Hamlin Legacy Award was presented to Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, CEO and President of the National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF). In 2015, the second Larry Leon Hamlin Legacy Award was presented to Sade Lythcott, CEO and president of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre.