Feeling History: African Americans’ Reach for Equality (7-Adult)

This class is more than just a history lesson it inspires the audience to take action that will change the culture.

Educational Objectives

1. To create a deep understanding that inequality and racism came about as a rationalization for slavery.
2. To create an emotional understanding of the abuse and inequality experienced by African Americans through slavery.
3. To provide brief information regarding slavery, the Civil War, convict leasing, peonage, chain gangs, sharecropping, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, the Dred Scott Decision, Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, the Fair Housing Act, Brown vs. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement.
4. To differentiate and define individual racism and institutional racism.

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“The presentation was powerful and caused students to think deeply about slavery and racial tensions in America.”Joan Precourt, teacher

Logistical Info

Grades: 7-Adult
Length: 45 minutes
Max audience size: 35 per class
Max classes per day: 5
Price: $639/per day of classes, plus travel

Through innovative interactive theatre techniques, such as monologues, scenes, slides, music, sound, and pointed interaction, Feeling History helps audience members understand–intellectually and emotionally–America’s legacy of institutional and individual racism. Feeling History encourages audience members to examine power and privilege, and how they interact to create systemic oppression. Through experiential engagement with the subject matter, students will begin to see that a lack of awareness around power dynamics perpetuates injustice.

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“I have no doubt that the CLIMB performance and its message will be ingrained in the thoughts and actions of students, now and into the future!”Sandra Litchfield, counselor