Performs: September 17th – October 20th, 2019

Targeted to Grades: 6th – 12th

Length: 70 minutes

Professional teaching artists will come to your school to prepare your students for the show!

How can we use the past to shape the future?

  • Told from a modern-day perspective, four performers share the stories of the Freedom Riders – citizens riding buses across Alabama and Mississippi in 1961, to stand up against segregation.
  • In the early 1960s, despite changing laws, some cities and towns in America kept actively discriminating against people of color.
  • It was time to draw attention to illegal discrimination which meant facing terrifying violence with peaceful resistance.
  • This is a story of everyday people coming together to be a part of the civil rights movement, taking on the establishment, and changing the world.

Standards:  Assess changing ideas of class, ethnicity, race, gender, and age to affect a person’s roles in society and social institutions. (MO 9-12.WH.3.PC.C)  The student will recognize and evaluate continuity and change over time and its impact on individuals, institutions, communities, states, and nations.  (KS Social Studies: Benchmark 4.1)

Additional Standards for Further Learning: Investigate specific rights and responsibilities of individuals and connect those rights and responsibilities with contemporary issues. (KS Social Studies: Benchmark 2.3)  Analyze the origins, goals, and key events of the continuing U.S. movements to realize equal rights for women and other minorities. (MO 9-12.AH.5.CC.D)  Analyze the context under which significant rights and responsibilities are defined and demonstrated, their various interpretations, and draw conclusions about those interpretations. (KS Social Studies: Benchmark 2.2)  Evaluate laws, events, and perspectives to determine the extent to which individuals and groups could participate in, and realize, the promise of American ideals. (MO 9-12.AH.2.PC.C)

For questions about lesson plans and educational materials contact:
Amanda Kibler, Education Director


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