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Updated Friday, January 18, 2013
Now as ever, it is important to keep the impetus of Dr. Woodson in mind while looking for tools to enlighten our youth and keep the vision intact for all of us
We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Whilst earning his Ph.D. from Harvard, the scholar was disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the black American population - and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.
Now as ever, it is important to keep the impetus of Dr. Woodson in mind while looking for tools to enlighten our youth and keep the vision intact for all of us. Pioneer Drama Service offers both plays and texts with material to be performed on stage or taught in a classroom setting.
Some of our plays related to Black History Month include:
Anansi the Spider and the Middle Passage – Frank Higgins
“An imaginative re-telling of the Anansi folktales put into a new context as the tales come to America on a slave ship…Wonderfully theatrical.”
Peanutman: A Visit from George Washington Carver – Frank Higgins
This entertaining biography emphasizes George Washington Carver's determination and curiosity while utilizing outstanding audience participation.
Tale of the Mouse – Anita Gustafson
This play consists of a series of classic African folk tales narrated and performed by actors using only masks to create a variety of characterizations.
A Land Beyond the River – Loften Mitchell
Based on the true story of the integration movement in education, this play offers a look at the African-American's struggle for freedom in America.
Some of the following texts may have selections to suit your Black History Month needs:
Any of the plays or texts listed above can be an instrumental piece in the celebration of Black History Month for your school or community. Either in the classroom or on the stage, these titles are sure to entertain as well as educate.
Keywords: African American plays Black History Month Carter G. Woodson classes Classroom Education folklore folktales George Washington Carver Integration lessons
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