The Black Theatre United members will work to support and honour black actors and African-American culture and heritage.
"Hamilton" actress Renee Elise Goldsberry, Alfre Woodard, and Jackson's wife LaTanya are also among the BTU founders and were part of a public service announcement staged to launch the group on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
"As members of the black theatre community, we stand together to help protect black people, black talent and black lives of all shapes and orientations in theatre and communities across the country," the stars said in a compilation of clips. "Our voices are united to empower our community through activism in the pursuit of justice and equality for the betterment of all humanity."
"We will not be silent. We will be seen. We will be heard. We are here. Join us."