Elementary Students Use Drama to Honor Dr. Height
DC kids learn history, culture and Height legacy
By PAT LAWSON MUSE
Tue, Apr 20, 2010
At the Community Academy Public Charter School in northwest Washington, fifth- and sixth-grade students have been practicing for six hours a week. They are rehearsing movements for a play designed to teach them about their history and civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Height.“I have to know her every part, everything that she does, how she acted and things of that nature,” said 9-year-old Jana Washington, who plays Height in the production.She and 19 other students have studied the lives of Dr. Height and other civil rights leaders in their classes. However, Height’s death has given new meaning and significance to the drama they’ve been rehearsing now for weeks.“I think it’s pretty amazing,” said Caren Hearne, Art Educational Outreach Coordinator and play director. “A lot of them have never done anything like this before and a lot of the training that it usually takes, they don’t have. They don’t have the vocabulary. Now, they’re using actors’ voices, dancers’ voices, and getting a great sense of teamwork and working together.”
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