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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Join a family's road trip during an integral time in America

Grades 4–9, Eisenhower Theater (65 minutes), March 14–22

Meet the Watsons of Flint, Michigan: Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, big brother Byron, and ten-year-old Kenny. When Byron can’t stay out of trouble, the whole family piles into their “Brown Bomber” and drives south to visit Grandma Sands for the summer. But along the way, they’ll experience a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement. Christopher Paul Curtis’ Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning book comes to life in a staged concert reading. Told through Kenny’s ever-witty perspective, The Watsons Go to Birmingham captures hilarious family antics alongside poignant observations of Birmingham’s tragic church bombing. Experience the beloved story of a family’s bond and endurance amidst one of the darkest periods in America’s history.

World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
Based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis
Directed by Faye Price
Adapted by Christina Ham
Music by Darius Smith



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Core Connections:
This performance is connected to the following Common Core Standards:
English Language Arts—Reading: Literature (RL.6, RL.9), Literacy in History/Social Studies (RH.9)
Social Studies—US History and Culture

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Learn about the African American experience through the arts — and discover the contributions of African Americans to the history and culture of the United States.
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The battle for racial equality had many heroes, some who made history just by opening their mouths to sing
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In The Problem We All Live With, artist Norman Rockwell took a stand against racism
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