On Wednesday, April 8, 2020 the Robert H. Jackson Center invites students in grades 9 through 12 to experience history in a unique and provocative way. The Jackson Center will host three performances of “Hear My Voice,” as part of our Living Voices series. The program will be performed at the Jackson Center at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m (at capacity) and 12 p.m.
In “Hear My Voice,” students will meet Jessie, the daughter of a political columnist from Tennessee, growing up in Washington, DC during the early 1900s. She dreams of being as important to her father as her younger brother. When her Great-Aunt Charlotte, a longtime suffragist, comes to Washington, she introduces Jessie to the movement. Jessie begins to learn about the history of the women who started the movement, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the new generation who have continued the fight, like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns–and those who oppose it, including her own parents. Despite their objections, Jessie soon becomes deeply involved in the suffrage movement, comparing their fight for democracy to the one her brother Will stands for when he goes overseas as a soldier in World War I. As tragedy strikes both at home and abroad and the battle for the vote continues to escalate, everyone in Jessie’s family must face their own decisions about what they believe is right and the actions they are willing to take on this pivotal issue.
Living Voices is offered by TheatreWorks USA and students will experience a unique multi-media combination of theater, digital, and live interaction that creates a high impact experience and an unforgettable journey through history. The program will begin with a Q&A session for the student audience. Teachers are encouraged to use the Teacher Guide on our website before the program to prepare students in advance. The program is free and part of the NY State Common Core curriculum. Pre-registration is required using the form below or by calling 716-483-6646. Please register as early as possible to ensure you get the time slot you want.