THE JOURNEY FOR FREEDOM AND EQUALITY
For more than 100 years, history books have largely ignored the positive contributions of Black Americans. During slavery and the decades following the Civil War, literacy was quite low among Black Americans. The history of Afro-Americans was preserved entirely via the oral tradition - through songs and stories.
Johnny Johnston presents an enjoyable and educational program for children and adults of all ages. Johnny introduces each song with a story about the historical events, folk tales or folk heroes who inspired these songs. Johnny then applies his hot fingerpickin’ slide guitar, banjo and down home vocals to a gumbo of songs from New Orleans to North Carolina, from Charlotte to Chicago.
By engaging audiences with stories, folk tales and songs from the South, Johnny teaches the history of the Afro-American struggle, from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. Comments from teachers and parents include, “the students were enthralled – I don’t think they realized how much they were learning“, “what a fun way to reinforce our school curriculum”, and “that was big fun and educational, thanks”
The Perfect Program for Black History Month or any other time of the year!