Bloody Sunday Selma March Civil Right Black History Reader's Theater Play Script

Bloody Sunday Selma March Civil Right

Black History Reader's Theater Play Script


4 - 6


Social Studies/History

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Students of all ages will quickly connect with eight-year old Sheyann Webb. When African-Americans were being denied the right to vote, she became Martin Luther King’s “Smallest Freedom Fighter” by joining marches on the local courthouse. As the events in 1965 Selma, Alabama, escalated, Sheyann began sneaking out of the house to attend meetings at Brown Chapel. She was there, too, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge when Selma exploded with tear gas and Billy clubs. The event became known as Bloody Sunday, and it directly led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But what makes this story compelling is the perspective. We’re used to hearing about the Civil Rights struggle from the viewpoint of adults, yet here is the true story of a little girl who not only saw it, but was there on the front lines risking the same dangers as her adult counterparts. What better way to engage your students in the Civil Rights Movement! Gonna Let it Shine shares Sheyann Webb’s emotional, often frightening childhood experience. Carefully researched, it improves upon an earlier version that appeared in Storyworks in 2012. This eight page play is suitable for reader’s theater or full stage performance. It includes feedom songs from the movement and compreheniosn activities. There are parts for from 10 to 14 students depending on your casting needs.


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