On Demand March 8-28, 2021  |  Streaming Event Jabari Dreams of Freedom School Performance

Event Description

10 year old Jabari loves to paint. And through these paintings and in his dreams, he escapes the reality of a friend hurt by police violence and the turbulent world around him. He meets children and young people from the Civil Rights Era, including Ruby Bridges, Claudette Colvin, and others, who teach him how to be fearless. He also meets his hero, Barack Obama, as a 7 year old boy on the eve of the assassination of MLK, Jr.

Will Jabari be able to instill in 7 year old Barack the lessons he's learned and therefore ensure that Barack will have the necessary tools to become president? Will Jabari learn to take these lessons back into his own life and heal his community? Using rap, freedom songs, hip hop dance, history, and humor, this play explores what it means to have courage in a world where Black children, Black boys, are not safe.

Recommended Grades: 3-6

Content available to stream on demand at a time of your choosing from March 8-28, 2021.
You may access content for your classroom multiple times. One registration per classroom required. Closed captioning is available on all videos for accessibility.

Streaming content includes:

  • Pre-show Classroom Connections Workshop video
  • Pre-show introduction from the director of Jabari Dreams of Freedom
  • Pre-show art project with a member of the creative team of Jabari Dreams of Freedom
  • Performance videos (in three segments, roughly 15 minutes each)
  • Post-show activity with the artists of Jabari Dreams of Freedom
  • Post-show video with the creators of Jabari Dreams of Freedom
  • Post-show Classroom Connections Workshop video

Registrations may be completed online with a credit card. Please contact us to register with a purchase order. Full payment is required prior to receiving access to the performance content. For questions regarding Streaming Performances for Schools, contact us at 216-348-7909 or [email protected].

Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers: CMSD schools and approved partner and sponsor schools (see approved list here), contact us at 216-348-7909 or [email protected] for ordering instructions.