Songs of Freedom (SOF)
When I was 4 years old Dr. King was assassinated. Growing up during this time in America made an indelible impression on me. Born to a Mississippi Choctaw father and mother who grew up on the plantation lands her grandparents inherited, both of my parents came from a legacy of survivalists with many painful stories to share. Some things remain unspoken yet, innately conveyed. There's no book for such lessons. Luckily, the genealogy of my family trees aligns with much of US history. I'm a proud American and glad to share my heritage as our America grows up.
Songs of Freedom recounts American history with compassion & understanding about who we are within this nation of diverse peoples. Focusing on two pivotal times in our country's history; Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. SOF connects events, stories, people & places with a slideshow of known & unknown historical moments. Often passively receiving information from teachers, computers & textbooks, SOF instead engages students throughout the performance as observational historians.
Songs of Freedom initiates & ignites:
- Critical thinking
- Global and cultural awareness
- Information literacy
- Civics and citizenship
- Oral communication skills
- Compassion/Empathy vs Technology
- Social responsibility and ethics
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Creativity and imagination
Understanding the past makes a better future. SOF's an opportunity for young audiences to participate in our national discussion of race, equality & non-violence, 50 years after the untimely death of Dr. King. We now know his game-changing I Have A Dream speech was about human rights for all and Dr. KIng's words still impact us all in ways only imagined.
The acoustic texture of this a capella concert is a powerful physical experience presented by four diversely dynamic singers that use harmonic artistry, poetry, and movement to demonstrate the American voices of freedom. Robbi K & Friends revisit these eras singing songs like Freedomland, Grandma Moses - Ringshout, We Shall Overcome, If I Had a Hammer, People Get Ready and Marchin' Down to Selma - and more. We share our personal stories as well as orchestrate a constant Q & A flow within the 60-90 minutes, including post-performance conversations.
Curriculum connections include multi-cultural studies & American History. Art forms include music, social studies, and storytelling. Approximately 90 minutes including Q & A. Suggested for grades 5 thru 12. Elementary-aged audiences focus on music & storytelling with some historical facts as bullet points. 300 students max suggested for school venues and theatres up to 2000. Study guide available. Offered bilingually in Spanish.