A Dream Deferred…

Harlem

BY LANGSTON HUGHES

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Langston Hughes wrote “Harlem” in 1951, and this poem was the inspiration for the title of Lorraine Hansberry’s ground-breaking play, “A Raisin in the Sun”, first produced on stage in 1959. The poem and the play address a common theme; the struggle of African-Americans to reach economic parity in the US.

Our StreetLeaders all read the play over the summer. A couple of the students have even participated in stage productions. As we talked about, and planned for, our annual StreetLeader Black History Month Event, we came up with the idea of using the play as our teaching tool.

Elyse Smith, our StreetLeader Director created this event four years ago, mainly as a way to teach the younger kids and the teens, about the history of  Black Americans which encompasses events and information  not often taught in elementary school or, even high school.

Using the model of  a “wax museum”, where characters speak and share information, we have tackled the Harlem Renaissance, Black Wall Street and The Freedom Riders. This year, we are going a step beyond to offer scenes from the play, “A Raisin in the Sun” with historical narrative between the scenes.

The teens will work on this throughout the months of January and February. Some teens will act, some teens will be the stage crew and still other teens will research history and create narratives to be read between scenes. Our Junior StreetLeaders will also participate. We are pretty excited!

February 28, 2019

4:30 pm & 7pm

Trinity Cathedral 801 West State Street Trenton NJ

4:30 pm event is free for kids & parents

7:00 pm event is $15 per person

Funds raised will support a StreetLeader social-cultural trip

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