Using Crisis, the journal he edited from 1910 to 1934, as a platform for encouraging African American drama, W. E. B. DuBois in 1926 formed a theatre group to produce the journal's prize-winning plays and others by black writers. The name KRIGWA was an acronym for CRIsis Guild of Writers and Actors. It was during the heyday of the little theatre movement that the Harlem group began presenting plays in the basement of the public library at 135th Street. Among the plays produced during KRIGWA's 1925-1927 existence at the Harlem location were The Broken Banjo and The Compromise by Willis Richardson, The Church Fight by Ruth Ada Gaines-Shelton, Foreign Mail and The Fool's Errand by Eulalie Spence, and Blue Blood by Georgia Douglas Johnson. Branches of KRIGWA were established in Washington, D.C., New Haven, Baltimore, and Cleveland, some of which remained active until the 1930s.
   See also Harlem renaissance.

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