Untold Stories: Front Stage (March 2016)
By Mason Fong, EMID Achievement and Integration Coordinator
Untold Stories from the Secret War and Civil Rights Movement met for great success. The production, part of our Absent Narratives of the Civil Rights Project, was offered Feb. 15 at Stepping Stones Theatre in St. Paul -- and intended for an audience of 7-12 graders, teachers and families.
The audience filled seats with about 275 attendees ranging from school board members, school leaders, families, community members, former EMID students, and teachers. The night opened with Chinese Lion Dancers from Hong De Ku Fung, Aztec Dancer by Kalpulli KetzalCoaticue, and a modern Native American dance by New Native Theater.
The performances were well received as audience members got to engage in the hard work and creativity of our young people. As the crowd rose from their seats and graced the students and actors with a standing ovation, chatter continued into the lobby.
EMID hopes that the hype continues once the final product of this project is released to the community with the video and a full week curriculum. The tentative date for the release of the curriculum is the end of April. Contact Mason Fong, Achievement and Integration Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.