A Raisin in the Sun

StreetLeaders Share Black History

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Our StreetLeaders all read the play A Raisin in the Sun over the summer. A couple of the students have even participated in stage productions. As we talked about, and planned for, our annual StreetLeader Black History Month Event, we came up with the idea of using the play as our teaching tool.


The 4:30 show will be for all the students at both camps and our 7:00 show will be a fundraiser to benefit our StreetLeaders and fund a social/cultural trip in the future. Tickets are $15 per person. You can buy 10 tickets for $100 and bring your friends! Youth ages 18 and below attend both perfomances for free. This is a great way to encourage our teens and honor African American Experience. We can promise you will learn something about our shared history that you did not know!

Elyse Smith, our StreetLeader Director created this event four years ago, mainly as a way to teach the younger kids and the teens, about the history of 

Black Americans which encompasses events and information not often taught in elementary school or, even high school.

Using the model of  a "wax museum", where characters speak and share information, we have tackled the Harlem Renaissance, Black Wall Street and The Freedom Riders. This year, we are going a step beyond to offer scenes from the play, "A Raisin in the Sun" with historical narrative between the scenes.

The teens will work on this throughout the months of January and February. Some teens will act, some teens will be the stage crew and still other teens will research history and create narratives to be read between scenes. Our Junior StreetLeaders will also participate. And our younger students will particpate by coloring the cover for our programs! We are pretty excited!

We look forward to seeing you on February 28, 2019! 

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