The Right To…Liberty
During the colonial period and the time of the American Revolution, freedom was on the minds of all people, including those held in captivity or on the margins in the free Black communities. There were many Black people who wanted to make sure that the revolutionary ideals of the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would become reality for themselves, their community, and their children. Storyteller Valerie Tutson recounts significant moments from this moment in our national history through the tales of Ona Maria Judge, who escaped from the plantation of President George Washington, James Forten, who, as a teen, risked his life in the fight against the British, and Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mumbet, whose court case paved the way to abolishing slavery in Massachusetts.
Audience Limit: 275
Curriculum Connection: Storytelling, History, African Americans during the Revolution and Colonial periods, Women's History
Single Show: $595
Travel Fee: Based Upon mileage
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts
1 reserved parking space
Microphone on stand (please set up in advance)
Straight back chair
Small table, student desk, or piano bench
Bottle of water
Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 5 minutes
Time needed between performances: 15 minutes
Teachers are expected to model appropriate audience behavior for their students.
Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.