YOUTUBE LINK - teachers discuss the many values of the program KNOWLEDGE ALIVE! THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM AGAINST SLAVERY
Theater and Storytelling Performances:
Knowledge Alive! The Struggle for Freedom Against Slavery
(Three days of storytelling - 45 minutes for each telling. It is an ongoing story (like a television
mini-series) for 4th and 5th graders introducing the topic of the Trans-Atlantic African Slave Trade and Slavery in America.
The performances can be supplemented with a four day school residency where students act out the play Escape to Freedom
on the Underground Railroad using theatre scripts in their classrooms with props and costumes. Directed by the storyteller. For
more information click on School Partnerships and Residencies page)
True Tales of the Underground Railroad (45 minutes with
Q and A)
Stories of real people, who traveled the Underground
Railroad, following the North Star to freedom. True grit, perserverance and courage. When speaking of courage the issue
is not whether you are afraid, it is whether you do what you have to do. It is accepting your fear and going on just the same:
Story 1- Frederick: "In coming to a fixed determination to run away, we did more
than Patrick Henry, when he resolved upon liberty or death. With us it was a doubtful liberty at most, and almost certain
death if we failed. For my part, I should prefer death to hopeless bondage."
Story 2- Eliza: "Wrapping my baby
in my shawl and tying it around my neck I stepped out onto the ice. I quickly jumped from one moving chunk of ice to another.
No matter how dangerous it was, it couldn't be worse than being caught."
Story 3 - Rachel: "I told him I was free and would say nothing but the truth no matter
what he did to me. "
from the Holocaust (45 minutes with Q and A)
Stories of real people
who found ways large and small to defy the inhuman treatment imposed by the Nazis. People who were able to maintain a sense
of pride, personal strength and honor in the face of unimaginable horror. Stories that honor the role of those who choose
not to be bystanders and those who chose not to be victims of tyranny. In times of terror, the human spirit still shines
as people take a stand, helping one another to survive.
Story 1- Erica: "I have been chewing
on that piece of bread for sixty years. It is the bread of human kindness."
Story 2- Elena: "What kind of person risks their life to save
another person's child? Marisha saved me when my parents could not."
Story 3- Meir: " Eliezer succeeded in scrambling to the ground from the rooftop
and, thanks to his Aryan features, was soon lost in the crowd. Meir dashed into a nearby house and pleaded with the owner
for asylum. The woman hid him in a clothes closet."
"There are stars whose radiance is still visible on earth though they have long been extinct.
And there are people whose brilliance continues to shine upon the world, though they are no longer among the living. These
lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for all of us."
True Tales of Courage
offered by our Elders (45 minutes with Q and A)
from a diverse group of American elders in response to the question: Can you tell us about a time when you were afraid to
do something but you did it anyway? Tales of bravery, perseverance, endurance, courage and love:
Story 1- Delores: "This mark on my back? I wear it proudly. It will always remind
me of what I was fighting for."
Story 2- Vincent: "My
blindness was my prison. Walter's deformed face was his prison. Our disabilities helped us to be friends and learn to see
what is on the inside."
Story 3-Tomas: "It took me
years to understand. Now when I look at that photograph and see the fear in her eyes, I appreciate all that my mother sacrificed for me."
Blessed Is the Heart:The
Story of Hannah Senesh(Holocaust Story:
45 minutes with Q & A)
Sixteen year old
Hannah kept a diary and wrote poetry in prewar Hungary and British mandate Palestine. When looming war and a fascist government
limited her prospects in Budapest, Hannah emigrated to Palestine alone, to be a pioneer. After the Nazi invasion of Hungary,
Hannah, who was notorious among her friends for bold determination trained to be a spy and paratrooper under the British.
Her goal? To secretly help organize immigration of Jewish youth to Palestine. Hannah was captured as she crossed the border
in Yugoslavia. Under fierce interrogation and torture she refused to give up the secret radio code that would have caused
the capture and murder of many of her comrades. In prison she was inspiration to all who knew her.