Symbols of Freedom-Drama Skit

Symbols of Freedom-Drama Skit

Themes: Famous African American people throughout history, the past influencing the present and the future, Black history awareness, heritage, symbols of freedom through history
Categories: Black History 

Various voices in black history share their pieces of the civil rights "puzzle." Written for elementary age children this simple skit shows how important voices from the past and present have influenced our nation.  Characters include: Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta King, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama.

Style: Drama

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Characters: 10 (6 Male, 4 Female)
Length: 3-5 minutes
Excerpt (Sample)

Setting:  On the side of the stage various pictures (symbols) should be taped or velcroed to a poster board so they can easily be taken off as each character enters.  The pictures (symbols) should be arranged in a random order on the poster board.   

Pictures will be as follows:

1.  a gun with a line slashed through it            2.  a giant .X.                      

3.  the White House                                      4.  a bread basket  

5.  4 gold stars                                                6.  a radio

7.  a bus                                                          8.  a t'v.      

9.  a picture of a building

10.  a picture of Moses (or a man with white hair and a long white beard, preferably with some kind of staff in his hand) 

As each character enters, they will remove their symbol from the board, stand center stage and hold the picture for the audience to see.  When they are finished, each character should stand back, forming a line behind the next character on stage. 

Harriet Tubman enters and removes the picture of Moses 

Harriet: My name is Harriet Tubman.  This is my symbol of freedom because I have often been called .The Moses of my people..  I helped nearly 300 slaves escape to safety, and during the Civil War I was a spy for the northern Union. 

Malcolm X enters and removes the X from the board 

Malcolm:  I was born Malcolm Little but I changed my name to .Malcolm X. because I felt it was the true African name I should have been given.  Although I went to prison for crimes I committed as a teen, I became a voice for equality in America.  

Rosa Parks enters and removes the bus picture 

Rosa: My name is Rosa Parks and this bus is my symbol of freedom.  I remember the day I refused to give up my seat to a white man while riding home on the bus.  That was the beginning of a new era of freedom in our country. 

Martin Luther King Jr. enters and removes the gun picture 

Martin:  I was a Baptist minister but became known for ending separation between black and white people.  This is my symbol of freedom because I looked for ways to end violence and create peace.  My name is Martin Luther King Jr.