Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement is an inspiring multimedia performance that provides insight to the legacy of student activism in America, and gives motivation to people of all ages to lead in today’s challenge for social justice and reform.

 

young-leaders-of-civil-rights-student-activism-promo-photo-collage-copy

 

 

The movement is not just a part of history but, a part of present-day political reality.

 

 

 

From the current events on the campus of the University of Missouri to the Black Lives Matter Movement, to the Occupy Wall Street rallies, the power of students banding together for positive change has sparked a flame of social reform worldwide. This dynamic presentation tells the story of the daring young people who led in teaching freedom and equality during the civil rights movement and beyond.

Candid comments and video interviews of 21st century students,  along with powerful film footage, thoughtful commentary, and inspiring musical performance, explains how a student led movement started in elementary schools, at universities, and led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and had inspired change today.

 

 

Program Duration: 45 minutes

Program Highlights:

Integrated Video Projection

Live musical performance

Live Narration

 

 

Curriculum connections: Student Activism, Humanities, Diversity,  Language Arts, Social Studies, Literature, African American History, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Politics, Music Education.

Educational Support Materials: Teaching resources and student worksheets are provided for classroom discussion and student assessment.

Three Soulful Tenors

3-st-grouppromo-photo-4

Exhibiting both a terrific polish and astonishing range, these multi-talented tenors can do it all!   Everything from soul to R&B to jazz to gospel, moving spirituals, New School, Broadway, and the blues, the Three Soulful Tenors use their vocal skill and humor to move audiences to tears of joy. These guys exhibit adoration for singing that is simply infectious.  This is a guaranteed fun and entertaining multimedia concert that showcases the extraordinary versatility of African-American tenors. It starts with classical opera and goes on to feature seven more musical styles that span four hundred years of music — all in one entertaining evening.3-st-promo-photo-15-cropped

 

Program Duration: 45 minutes

Program Highlights:

Integrated Video Projection

Live musical performance

Live Narration

 

Curriculum connections: Humanities, Diversity,  Language Arts, Social Studies, Literature, African American History, Music History,  Music Education.

Educational Support Materials: Teaching resources and student worksheets are provided for classroom discussion and student assessment.

Stage Setup

setup2

Set-up Assistance

Please contact us for a complete technical requirement sheet for the production of your choice. We will be pleased to go over the technical requirements with your stage/theater representative before we arrive for the performance.

We ask that you would please have 2-4 people available to help unload and set up the equipment.

For additional information, please email at keyartsproductions@yahoo.com or call: 215-228-7131
P.O. Box 25459 Philadelphia, PA 19140

Testimonials

community college of philadelphia“Once again, a production mounted by Key Arts Productions did not disappoint! The performers wowed the audience with the range and style of their voices! I look forward to future bookings here at Community College of Philadelphia.

ccp-2016-1
Dave Watters Assistant Dean of Students Community College of Philadelphia
ccp-2016-5
HerStory performance @ CCP during Women’s History Month March 2016

 

 

David Watters
Assistant Dean of Students
Community College of Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

 

2015-penn-state-university-logo-design-2“It was great! One of the best programs I’ve seen to showcase the students involved in civil rights. You’ve shown our students that they can be the change today.”  

2016-psu-abington-9
Tracey Reed of Penn State U and cast of Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

Tracey Reed,   Assistant Director of  Student Life  Penn State University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

143Without hesitation, I would recommend Key Arts; it was educational, energizing, entertaining and professional.”

Coordinator, Student Programs  2016-accc-7Atlantic Cape Community College

Lisa Givens (R), Director of Student Activities and students @ ACCC
Lisa Givens (R), Director of Student Activities and students @ ACCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pace-university1“Our students, faculty and staff cannot stop singing your praises! The program was absolutely wonderful! The narrative was compelling and selection of songs and video were captivating. Your vocalists’ voices stirred are audience to tears. Overall, it was an amazing program. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.”

Director,  Office of Diversity Programs   Pace University

 

the-george-washington-universityQuality of speaker and performers was fantastic! A substantial amount of history put the events of the Civil Rights Movement into perspective…a wonderful program from an educational standpoint.”

Coordinator, Campus Programs

George Washington University

 

 

055
Moorestown Friends School

moorestown_logo“In a Quaker School such as Moorestown Friends, we stress and celebrate the importance of diversity. The shows that [you] offer highlight diversity in a way that is not didactic but is entertaining and thought provoking.  I intend to continue booking Key Arts Productions at our school.”

Richard Marcucci, Art Department Chair and Assembly Coordinator

Moorestown Friends School

2016-psu-erie-6
Andy A. Herrera and Let Freedom Sing cast @ PSU Erie

“Thank you for brinbehrend-logoging Let Freedom Sing to our campus. The singers were outstanding!

And the video footage and narration was quite moving as well.

Your invitation to the audience to clap and sing along made the performance
most engaging, meaningful, and entertaining.”
Andy A. Herrera,  Director of Educational Equity and Diversity Programs
Penn State University – The Behrend College

 

 

 

 

AWESOME! LOVED IT!

These are some of the words students and staff expressed about the Getting Along presentation. The students were involved every step of the way with the professional singing, and educational insight on alternatives to resolve conflicts. We definitely recommend this presentation to other school districts! It was a pleasure working with your professional staff. Please send our wishes of thanks to the awe-inspiring talented singers.”

Denise King
Assistant Principal
Fountain Woods School

-Sisters & Voices

10pa

A Stirring Tribute to the Black Divas of Song

Women on music who share a common bond of living the African American experience. Voices that ring high and loud…tones the whisper sweet and low. They each possess a unique inner strength and charisma that has enabled them to overcome insurmountable obstacles to achieve an incredible level of artist expression.

Sisters and Voices is a moving and enjoyable celebration of the extraordinary contributions the black divas of song. Through music and captivating images, this fun filled program features a talented ensemble performers who deliver the heartwarming gospel songs of Mahalia Jackson, “down home” blues ofBessie Smith, and a classic dedication to Billie Holiday and the female legends of jazz. Sing along to rousing soul music. Audiences will “rock and roll” to sounds of Tina Turner, and “get on down” to the funky grooves of Chaka Khan and others.

Clap your hands to your favorite song, while live commentary that informs and tells the interesting stories of these incredible soul-singing sisters in music.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • LIVE Music
  • Live Narration
  • Video Projections
  • PROGRAM DURATION: 45 minutes
  • PROGRAM MATERIALS: Teaching resources

-The Jazz Experience

5pajazz experience photo collage for web copy

From Spirituals to Bebop Swing
“One, and-a-two, and-a…”  Strike up the band and join in the fun!

Jazz has achieved significant worldwide recognition as an indigenous American art form.

Although this unique vehicle of artistic expression is largely overlooked in mainstream popular culture, it is held in high esteem globally for its combination creativity, individuality, and collective collaboration, which provides a foundation further creative exploration.

 

The Jazz Experience combines live music and projected images to detail the development of the art form, from its African roots to its most modern and progressive styles.   Scat to “Satchmo’s” New Orleans tune, Scott Joplin’s Ragtime piano, Billie Holiday’s blues, Miles Davis’s cool sound and funky new jazzy grooves.

 

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • LIVE Music
  • Live Narration
  • Video Projections
  • PROGRAM DURATION: 45 minutes
  • PROGRAM MATERIALS: Teaching resources

-Soul Sounds

4pa

A Unique Live Performance &
Visual Multimedia Program

Soul Sounds” takes a “hip trip” through the evolution of soul music. From gospel to blues, jazz and swing, this show really jams! Listen to the music of soul legends James Brown, Marvin Gaye, the “Motown Sound“, and more recent hits.

This entertaining program will have audiences singing along to their favorite songs while viewing vivid video images.

 

 

  • PROGRAM INCLUDES:
  • LIVE Music
  • Live Narration
  • Video Projections
  • PROGRAM DURATION: 45 minutes
  • PROGRAM MATERIALS: Teaching resources

 

 

Soul Sounds Promo Video

Let Freedom Sing

13pa rivised copylet freedom song writers collage for weblet freedom kap cast for web copy

Every generation finds its voice. Music describes our experience, moves us, and helps us understand who we are.
Sometimes it even motivates us to action!

 

Let Freedom Sing is an interactive live multimedia performance that provides a unique mix of riveting archival film footage, and traditional and contemporary musical performance that celebrates the vitality of the unforgettable freedom songs that propelled the American Civil Rights Movement, and explores how these simple but stirring anthems had the power to sustain the movement during its darkest hours — from the Montgomery bus boycott to lunch counter sit-ins, from Birmingham to the march on Washington and to Selma — songs that were crucial in helping the civil rights activists as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence.

Viewers are encouraged to sing along, clap your hands, and experience magic of the songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells, giving them the courage to challenge the status quo and the drive to keep fighting for equality in America. Viewers learn about the inspirational songs that evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church.

The program weaves together performances of such timeless songs as Wade in the Water, We Shall Overcome, People Get Ready, Blowin’ in the Wind, and Respect Yourself. Viewers travel on an unforgettable journey through the music of Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, The Staple Singers, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and many others who provided a soundtrack for a revolution.

Praise for Let Freedom Sing 
“Thank you for bringing Let Freedom Sing to our campus. The singers were outstanding!
And the video footage and narration was quite moving as well.
Your invitation to the audience to clap and sing along made the performance
most engaging, meaningful, and entertaining.”
                                                                        Andy A. Herrera
                                                                        Director of Educational Equity and Diversity Programs
                                                                    Penn State University – The Behrend College

 

Let Freedom Sing Live!

 

 

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • LIVE Music
  • Live Narration
  • Video Projections

 

  • PROGRAM DURATION: 45 minutes
  • PROGRAM MATERIALS: Teaching Resources

The Road to Freedom

2pa

The challenge for civil rights and social equality in America did not begin with MLK in the 1950’s. The struggle can easily be traced back to an outspoken group of courageous pioneers who risked it all in the fight for freedom at least one hundred years before.

 

This live multimedia experience highlights the work of those who banded together to challenge the injustices of racial discrimination and inequality.

Informative and thought provoking live commentary, brings to life the story of the efforts of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Du Bois, the Freedom Fighters, MLK, and many others. Rousing musical performance and captivating big screen video images make this powerful program an entertaining educational experience for all.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

LIVE Music

Live Narration

Video Projections

 

  • PROGRAM DURATION: 45 minutes
  • PROGRAM MATERIALS: Teaching resources, student worksheets

The Road to Freedom Promo Video