1619: The Journey of a People
August 20, 2019 represents the 400-year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving on the shores of this nation. Told through the eyes of three modern characters and a series of performance pieces, this multi-disciplinary theater experience will leave audiences both inspired and challenged about the progress of America’s African sons and daughters. 1619 features a dynamic cast of singers, actors, spoken word artists, and dancers who reflect on the past while tackling critical contemporary social issues. With an appeal for all ages, this production reminds us that on the other side of the trial lies greatness.
After successful shows in Chicago, Elmhurst College, and Hampton University, Wheaton College, and sold-out shows at Chicago’s Greenhouse and Kennedy-King Theaters in February, 1619 is now virtual! Our first virtual performance, a Juneteenth show at the House of Hope in Chicago, was a great success.
Join us for our next performance on August 20, 2020, the 401st anniversary of the arrival of the first 20 Africans on the shores of Point Comfort, VA. In conjunction with the DuSable Museum and Chicago’s NPR station WBEZ,1619: The Journey of a People will be performed for a streaming audience at 7:30pm, followed by a panel discussion.