The National Black Theatre is celebrating the life and influence of its founder, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, during its Founder’s Month, running through July 18.

NBT is celebrating this month-long salute to Teer and the founding principles she instilled in NBT when she created it in 1968 in the midst of the Black Arts Movement, by releasing Teer’s “Letter to the Future,” a message the theater titan wrote to people of African descent living in the future which has never before been released in its entirety.

Throughout the month, NBT will present the new virtual series NBT@ Home: A Letter to The Future. Running every Thursday through July 16 at 5:30 p.m. ET on Facebook Live, the series will feature moderator ChelseaDee in conversation with artists and thought leaders including writer adrienne maree brown, choreographer-dancer Ebony Noelle Golden, Pastor Kyndra Frazier, musician Toshi Reagon, playwright Mfoniso Udofia and many more.