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Black History Month Readers Theater Play "Black History Heroes: Then & Now"

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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  1. Are you looking for exciting, Black History Month plays that connect with students using pop culture, have a variety of roles for boys and girls, and teach Black history in a way that will wow your audience? You just found them!*Revised 02/04/2021 to meet TpT's Content Guidelines.Click here for our
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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!

Click here for our Virtual Theater, How to Guide for use with Rap Opera for Kids scripts. You can still have a great Black History Month performance while following social-distancing guidelines!

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 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 Black 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!

Check out a quick skit from the play here!

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:

Child - 10-year-old, African-American student

Mom - Child’s mother who encourages him/her to study his/her history

Katherine Johnson - NASA mathematician who helped with the success of the Apollo Moon Landing

George Washington Carver - botanist and chemist

Colin Powell - first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the U.S. Army

James Armistead Lafayette - Revolutionary War spy who stole secrets from the British military

Barack Obama - first African-American president of the United States

Douglas Wilder - first elected African-American governor in the United States

Christopher Priest - first Black comicbook editor who made the Black Panther Superhero "cool"

Phillis Wheatley - first published African-American and accomplished poet

Oprah Winfrey - first Black female billionaire

Maggie Walker - 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!

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*UPDATES: Reformatted play for easier reading and added map of stage directions.

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.


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