Posted by: nancyisanders | February 19, 2011

Book Party: Readers Theatre for African American History

Welcome to my book party! This week we’re celebrating my book, Readers Theatre for African American History. Join in the fun by visiting the site of Mayra’s Secret Bookcase where you’ll find another day of festivities!

In the photo above, Jeff and I are sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch of Cedar Hill, the Washington D. C. home of Frederick Douglass. This amazing man who lived in the 1800s dedicated his life to bringing an end to slavery. Born into slavery himself, he escaped and moved to New Bedford Massachusetts where he eventually joined the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society as one of its most famous speakers.

Frederick Douglass became so famous and influential in his day that he even met with President Lincoln during the Civil War and advised Lincoln on key issues regarding the war and the emancipation of African Americans.

In our book, Readers Theatre for African American History, Jeff and I feature a play about Frederick Douglass called: THE BLACK PRESS: The North Star Shines a Bright Light. In this play about the newspaper Douglass edited and published, kids learn more about this great man.

While performing the play, however, not only do students learn more about Frederick Douglass, but they learn about other outstanding Black Abolitionists who worked with him. This list includes such greats as William Cooper Nell, Martin Delany, Henry Highland Garnet, Charles Remond, and Sarah Parker Remond.

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