Seattle P-I – Langston Hughes director waits to hear fate after 3 months on forced leave

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

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Jacqueline Moscou, creative director of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, was escorted from the premises in October. The city is investigating a complaint that she wanted to hire only African-American staff and cast only African-American actors. (Karen Ducey / P-I)

Langston Hughes director waits to hear fate after 3 months on forced leaveTuesday, January 8, 2008
Last updated 7:31 a.m. PT

By KERY MURAKAMI
P-I REPORTER

Almost three months after she was placed on forced administrative leave, the critically acclaimed artistic director of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center still doesn’t know what her future holds.

Jacqueline Moscou was escorted from the premises Oct. 19, while the city investigates a complaint she wanted to hire only African-American staff and cast only African-American actors.

“Essentially, of racism,” said Antoinette Davis, the law partner of Moscou’s attorney, Vonda Sargent, on what Moscou’s accused of.

In an interview last week, Moscou continued to deny the charges.

The experience has been “humiliating,” she said, and maddening because she doesn’t know who is making the allegations.

The situation has frustrated not just Moscou, who has been artistic director since 2002, but many in the Central Area, where the performing arts center has provided a venue for African-American plays and actors for decades.….

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