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The Courageous Four/Freedom Riders Production

Feb 15, 2018 - Feb 17, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School
13833 Dumfries Road
Manassas, Virginia

School desegregation and integration were part of the critical battleground of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960’s. The Courageous Four is an original script that uncovers the story of the first four African-American teachers—Zella Brown, Maxine Coleman, Fannie W. Fitzgerald and Mary G. Porter — selected to integrate the Prince William County Public Schools faculties by being re-assigned to all-white elementary schools. Colgan Senior High School students and staff, working in partnership with CAPAC, Inc., have collaborated since February 2017 to develop and bring this historical theatrical production to the stage.

To complement The Courageous Four, students will also perform Freedom Riders, a one-act play set in 1961, as two female Harvard students debate joining the Freedom Rides. As you travel along, you will meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Bobby Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, W.E.B Dubois and many others who fought both for and against our nation’s struggle for Civil Rights. You will experience a lunch counter sit-in and the dark days of Jim Crow and witness history as performers bring this struggle alive through the words of historical figures, songs, and recreations. You don’t want to miss this collaborative double feature, including a world premiere production!

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