Programs may be designed for all ages unless specified. All performances are available throughout the year. Customized events are designed upon consultation. Study Guides are provided.

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Sweet Potato Pie and Such
A flavorful seasoning of tales from the African and African American Oral Tradition that will ground you in tradition, butter you up with joy and delightfully sweeten your mind. Designed for audiences to participate, celebrate and “Jubilate.” Values are indelibly remembered through lively folktales, fables, and fairytales.

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The Bully Free Zone
Participants learn that the #1 Bully-Free Zone is SELF. Tales enlivened by music are interactively told. Audience members are chosen as Bully Free Zone Leaders to identify bully traits in the stories. They lead the full assembly in a Bully-Free Zone call and response, and identify opposing buddy traits.

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They Put A Stamp On It! (primary)
An interactive storytelling celebration that shares the life and accomplishments of African-Americans who have been honored by being placed on a Unites States stamp.  Performance includes historical stories, a black scientist rap and civil rights songs with musical accompaniment.  (Dr. George Washington Carver, Benjamin Banneker, Charles Drew, Madame C.J. Walker, Jan E. Matzeliger, Julian Percy, John Henry, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Little Rock Nine, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Kwanzaa).  Includes slide show of stamps.

They Put A Stamp On It! (secondary)
An interactive storytelling celebration that shares the life and accomplishments of African-Americans who have been honored by being placed on a Unites States stamp.  Performance includes historical stories and poetry with musical accompaniment (Mary McCleod Bethune, Anna Julian Cooper, Fannie Lou Hamer, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Hayden, Zora Neale Hurston, Greenboro Lunch Counter Sit In, Freedom Riders, Marion Anderson, Kwanzaa) Includes slide show of stamps.
Story SELabration (K-5) (6-8)
An interactive storytelling celebration that engages the social emotional learning competencies.  Using folktales and original songs and chants the audiences participate in call and response stories that impart self-awareness, social awareness, building of relationship skills, responsible decision making and self management. Audiences walk away rhythmically singing, “I take my time and think about it.”  For New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware contact YANJEP.  Outside states may contact us directly.

 

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Kwanzaa Time
This program involves participating in a Kwanzaa celebration, with full explanation of the principles and symbols of the African American holiday. Lessons are expounded through original call and response, songs, stories, drumming and dance.

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No Mystery in Black History
Unforgettable lessons of heroes and heroines throughout the Civil Rights movement, as well as before and beyond, come alive through dramatic story. Highlights include African-American scientists, Harlem Renaissance artists and more.

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Voices of Courage 
A collection of biographic vignettes highlighting outspoken African American women of the 19th Century, including Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell and Mary McCleod Bethune. Themes of courage and fortitude are explored as the one-woman performance reveals each heroine’s oratory style and fashion of the period. (Grades 5 -up)

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Celebrating Multi-Cultural Diversity
This highly interactive performance teaches cross-cultural appreciation. Stories are energetically presented from around the world, including African, American, Asian, Latino, Indian, Arabian and Jewish cultures.

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The Games We Play
Once upon a time children played with children…..Get Happy with Hambone, Stomp It Up with Step it Down and Pitty Pat Jack in this full audience participation event engaging members in traditional and newly created cooperative games from the oral tradition – an interpersonal alternative to video games.

Customized Performances
Performance Themes can be customized upon consultation.