Langhart Cohen said, “I wrote the play as a call to action to help eradicate racism and anti-Semitism". Anne and Emmett, two very different teenagers, lived in societies that couldn’t protect them because of hatred and the inaction of silent witnesses. 

While the hate that took their lives still lives, the play not only reminds us to remember but to act. Towards that end, she and Secretary Cohen founded Race and Reconciliation In America, a non-profit organization that holds conferences that invite people of all races and ethnicities to engage in open and honest dialogue to bring about understanding, tolerance and a higher level of humanity in our conduct. 

“Anne & Emmett,” Janet Langhart Cohen’s groundbreaking play, is an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till. Frank recounts her experience hidden in an attic during the Holocaust, and Till tells his tragic tale of racial hatred and violence in the American South. They then share in the search for reconciliation and hope in this unforgettable work that has received critical acclaim throughout the United States and as far away as Jerusalem.​


​January 21, 2013  – MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY​

Performance at Brownell-Talbot School, Omaha, Nebraska

February 20, 2013

Reading and Panel discussion in conjunction with Black History Month at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts


​​March 11, 2013
​Award winning actress Anna Deavere Smith will perform a private reading, hosted by Henry Kissinger and Vernon Jordan, in New York in support of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

​May 2012

Dramatic Reading at Crossroads

April / May 2013

African American Performing Arts Community Theatre

November / Dec. 2013

Haymarket Theatre, Lincoln, NE