Living History programs introduces untapped accessible history that celebrates the rich diversity, ambitions, courage, determination, and inspiring heroism of American women. The sixty-minute Living History programs are suited for diverse audiences: adults, families, senior citizens, and students’ eight to eighteen with an Interactive Q&A. The program allows the audience to participate, discover new people, objects, attitudes, activities, dress and technology in the context of everyday life. The program highlights contact and conflicts making it more socially relevant and realistic.
Listed below are the Living History Programs.
"I Can’t Die but Once" – one of the most daring and effective spies during the Civil War were none other than Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman a woman of unique qualities and abilities even though she was illiterate, maintained an unblemished record of vigilance, legacy of sacrifice and struggle. Subjected to fictional treatments more than serious historical examinations, the elementary school version may be more palatable, but the real Tubman is far more inspiring.
To John Brown, she was the General, for the enslaved she led to freedom, Moses. To slaveholders, she was a thief and a trickster. To abolitionist, she was a prophet. She recruited freedmen, and slaves, as scouts and spies. Illiterate as she was, her mental alertness and spiritual development were extraordinary. She was a fearless visionary.
"If I am Not for Myself Who Will Be for Me" - During the fall of 1796, George Washington’s final months in office, Oney Judge Staines, a slave, escaped the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia. There is always an underside - hidden from sight the more unpleasant or reprehensible side that needs to surface to give an integral portrait of a historical event or person. Oney’s story is one such story. Her voice provides the informative accounts needed to appreciate her struggles, self-determination and triumphs of her life. Her account was not a stereotypical runaway account.
Looking Things Over Zora Neale Hurston considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature, an American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist. After going to Florida in 1927 to collect folklore, and after years of organizing her notes published Mules and Men in 1935. Zora, not only did she love writing the folklores she enjoyed telling them. Zora celebrated the African American culture of the rural South, because she believed that black people had wonderful stories that the world needed to hear and she told them proudly.
I Promoted Myself She was an Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist. She followed her dream, turning her life into a true “rages to riches” story. Mobilized a network of 20,000 African American women as sales agents, factory, and office workers. Her sales agents earned between $5.00 and $15.00 dollars a day when unskilled white laborers were earning $11.00 a week. More than a history lesson, she offers inspiration to women – regardless of race—on how to succeed against all odds. Madam Walker’s death was news all over the world, “the wealthiest Negro woman in the United States, if not the entire world.”
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