Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland

The image is of a play about African American history in the Midwest. The female actor is wearing period clothing of the 1950s. She is sitting on a bench with school books.

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In 2016, the National Park Service presented a Bright Star Theatre production, Lift Every Voice, The Black Experience in the Heartland. The play celebrated the National Park Service Centennial and African American history in the Midwest. The production traveled to or near 20 Midwest parks and connected people to black history themes in the Midwest, and the lives of extraordinary figures such as Dred Scott, Abraham Lincoln, Bass Reeves, Colonel Charles Young, George Washington Carver and Elizabeth Eckford. The play was performed at park sites, but also neighboring theaters, historically black churches, school auditoriums, and children's homes.

Teachers and Educators: Download a wonderful study guide about the play!

Last updated: January 16, 2020

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