There are many lessons Martin Luther King Jr. wanted children to learn and, in honor of the civil rights leader's birthday, The Bruce Museum presents some of them in its annual family event. The day's centerpiece is a performance of "Struggle for Freedom" by the Young Audiences of Connecticut’s Collective Consciousness Theater. In it, nine courageous civil rights figures, including Dr. King, Rosa Parks and Thurgood Marshall, are profiled in stories that depict their backgrounds, what they fought for and the times in which they lived.
Written and directed by Dexter J. Singleton, the show includes the leaders' own words, important historical scenes and vignettes, and manages to convey large scale stories with a small cast. Helping to set the scene is gospel music and other songs popular in each civil rights leader's time.
Performances are 45 minutes long and take place at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. The show is appropriate for grades 5 and up or with parent/guardian.
Dr. King said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." To underscore these words, in addition to the performance, students of all ages and abilities can also make an "I have a dream …” button and add their self-portraits to a Circle of Friends mural. The Museum's galleries and exhibitions are also open. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with Museum admission which is $6 and $7. For more information, visit the Museum's website.