A Road Scholar Program by Ted Williams III
On August 20, 1619, 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia. The 400-year journey that followed would change a nation and the world. 1619: The Journey of a People is a dynamic theatrical and lecture experience featuring Playwright, Professor, and Performer Ted Williams III.
Taken from the 2-hour musical production, 1619: The Journey of a People, this one-man show packs generations of history into an approximately 1-hour stage production. From the beginning of American slavery to the Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Civil Rights Era, and the modern movements for justice, Williams uses history to explain America’s current reality.
The performance will run for 60-75 minutes and include live performance pieces, video clips, an audience trivia game, lecture, and an opportunity for Q and A.
- Captured: The Transatlantic Slave Trade
- Slave for life: Early Court Cases
- Roots: Alex Haley
- I Thought We Were Free: The Reconstruction Era
- Fredrick Douglass 4th of July speech: US Patriotism
- Booker T. or WEB: Strategies for Progress
- Run to the North: The Great Migration
- Tired of Wearing 2 Faces: Racial Identity and Middle Class Assimilation
- I’m Not Black: The One Drop Rule and Racial Classification
- After the Dream: Dr. King’s Legacy and 2020 America
- Steal Away: Faith and Social Justice
This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Jane Easterly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More on 1619: The Journey of a People:
1619: The Journey of a People commemorates the struggles, recognizes the heroes, and critically analyzes the American journey towards freedom and equality. Since the world premiere in August of 2019, the production has been performed over a dozen times throughout Chicago and at various locations including Elmhurst College, Wheaton College, and Hampton University. It has been featured in the Chicago Defender, Daily Herald, WCIU’s The Jam, V103’s Chicago Speaks with Darryl Dennard, WVON’s Real Talk Real People, and on Fox32 Chicago. 1619: The Journey of a People, which was funded by the Illinois Arts Council and nominated for the 2020 August Wilson Award for Best Writing of Musical by the Black Theater Alliance Awards.