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Dororthy and Michael Benjamin in an undated family photo. They founded the first African American theater in the area -- Sacramento Repretory Theatre -- in the 1970s. Michael served as instructor of technical theater and black drama at Sacramento City College from 1972 to 1995. He currently teaches stagecraft part-time at Sacramento State. Dorothy helped start Black Culture Day at the California State Fair in the early '80s. She also led the effort to establish the local Martin Luther King Jr. March in 1987. In the 1970s they operated the downtown Capitol Infant Toddler Center, which became the current nonprofit Rainbow Day Care. The Benjamins continue to be active in community organizations.