In honor of National Black Solidarity Day faculty, staff, alumni, and students hosted a reading of A Day of Absence: A Satirical Fantasy was written in 1965 by Douglas Turner Ward as political satire. This play was read at Brooklyn College in 1969 and inspired Black Solidarity Day. Is is the Monday before Election Day (this year, Nov 2nd) for us to take stock of race, class, and politics. This satire looks at what would happen in a small Southern town in 1965 if all the Black Americans did not go to work or consume anything. The unfolding chaos illustrates the deep reliance we have on certain communities for the functioning of our society.