Are you looking for an exciting, Black history play that connects with students using pop culture, has a variety of roles for boys and girls, and teaches Black history in a way that will wow your audience? You just found it!
This short play explores a child's dream where he/she is visited by African-American heroes such as James Armistead Lafayette, a Revolutionary War spy, and Phillis Wheatley, the first published Black American. These heroes of the past explain how they have inspired and made the success of modern Black heroes such as Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama possible.
Kid-friendly, entertaining dialogue with pop-culture references!
This play mixes pop-culture topics such as superheroes, YouTube, and other engaging themes into the the characters' dialogue to keep the performance interesting. (Imagine a comicbook writer giving a 10 year old a lesson in superhero history.) This script works well as a Black History Month skit for an assembly or as a Blakc History Month readers theater activity. With a fun and easy to use script, you, your cast, and your audience are in for an awesome time!
If musicals and rap songs are more your speed, check out the rap opera, musical version of this play here!
The full list of characters for this play includes:
- 10-year-old, African-American student
- Child’s mother who encourages him to study his/her history
- NASA mathematician who helped with the success of the Apollo Moon Landing
- botanist and chemist
- first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the U.S. Army
- Revolutionary War spy who stole secrets from the British military
- first African-American president of the United States
- first elected African-American governor in the United States
- first Black comicbook editor who made the Black Panther Superhero "cool"
- first published African-American and accomplished poet
- first Black female billionaire
- first Black female bank president and accomplished business owner
This play, titled "Black History Heroes: Then and Now," includes:
- a table of contents
- character dialogue
- tips and ideas on how to use the script
- a simple map of stage directions for understanding the characters' blocking
- a full character list with brief descriptions of each Black heroes' notable successes.
The run time for this production is seven to ten minutes and is a one-act play.
Get this play now if you want to hook your audience!
*UPDATES: Reformatted play for easier reading and added map of stage directions.
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