Songs of Freedom (SOF)
When I was 4 years old Dr. King was assassinated. Growing up during this time in America was memorable. Born to a Choctaw father and African descendant mother, both of my parents came from a legacy of survivalists with many painful stories to teach us. 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.
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 the 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.
People have gathered for peaceful change for generations with the simplicity of their voices. I'm still amazed how students organized themselves on March 14th, 2018 not just locally, but with national and global responses as to how unsafe they're feeling at school. Feels to me like it's time to join voices again with SOF to uphold gratitude & grace; healing concepts we embrace as part of our historic reflection.
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. We share our personal stories as well as orchestrate a constant Q & A flow within the 90 minutes, including post-performance conversations.
Successful political, social, & economic advances in the US during this millennium will be possible only if the intellectual potential of American youth is nurtured & developed now by we elders. During the performance you'll witness the audience taking ownership of their ideas & beliefs; listening to each other's words with respect, creating a better tomorrow.
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.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
“I found this show to be the best this season. It was engaging, entertaining, and educational, appropriate for all ages. ”
— Albuquerque, NM - Popejoy Hall
“This show was outstanding!! The interaction with the audience and engagement of the students was outstanding!! Please have them back!”
— Educator in Albuquerque, Popejoy Hall Education Department