Date

Feb 24 2022
Expired!

Time

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dream Big! An Interactive Playback Performance

Join storyteller and playwright, John A. Johnson along with his theater group, Verbal Gymnastics for a fun and interactive performance guided by your future dreams. We’re combining live playback theater and the power of individual storytelling to make those big dreams about your ideal future a reality. 

It’s Black Futures Month, and in FUTURES, we highlight the dreams of leading civil rights activist Floyd McKissick, who in the 1970s dreamt of developing a utopian city for Black empowerment. While his plans for Soul City never fully materialized, the legacy of his determination and ability to dream big lives on. How can you channel the attitude of McKissick to make your wildest dreams a reality? 

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode? – Langston Hughes

Here at FUTURES, we highlight the dreams of leading civil rights activist, Floyd McKissick. In the 1960’s, McKissick dreamt of developing a utopian city that would serve as a model of Black economic empowerment by placing the levers of capital and power in the hands of African Americans. McKissick went on to receive federal funding to begin making his dream city a reality. By the early 1970’s McKissick founded Soul City in Warren County, North Carolina.

A decade after being realized, federal funding and support for Soul City was lost. The community now sits unfinished with the question of a rural Black-utopia still unanswered. While McKissick’s plans for Soul City never fully materialized, the legacy of his relentless determination, and audacity to dream big while striving toward an equitable future lives on. 

In honor of Black Futures Month, how can you channel the bold self-assuredness of McKissick to make your wildest dreams a reality? What strategies can you use to build and sustain those dreams? Join storyteller and playwright, John A. Johnson along with his theatre group, Verbal Gymnastics for a fun and interactive performance guided by YOUR dreams about the future. We’re combining live playback theatre with your creative storytelling skills to make those big dreams about your ideal future a reality. 

Free, with RSVP required. 

Livestreaming sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.

More Info

https://aib.si.edu/event/dream-big-an-interactive-playback-performance

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