Hope Shiver illustrates through story and song the life of famous abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Her sensitive portrayal, often using Sojourner’s own songs and speeches to bring the story to life, inspires students to learn how laws are made and to explore the plight of slaves in the North while clapping and chanting to the familiar spirituals of the time. Performance topics include the abolitionist movement, the women’s movement, the Civil War, and President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. In conjunction with Young Audiences of Houston, this program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This program is intended for youth in grades 5-12.
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