Heroines of Black History
Mary Seacole, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges
Naomi has created a trilogy of storytelling workshops depicting the pioneering stories of some of her favourite women; Mary Seacole, Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges from Black History - women who changed the world to make it a better place for all. Each workshop includes its own specific drama based activity plan, which engages children with the themes, characters and achievements of this heroic women.
The first is the amazing story of Mary Seacole, doctress and businesswoman, who, in response to being told by others “no she could not”, told herself “yes she could” - and she did! Naomi tells the story of Mother Seacole, as she was known to the soldiers she helped, using her medicine box. Each drawer opens to reveal a chapter in Mary’s life - from her early years in Jamaica when she learned about medicine from her own mother, to her wish to help the courageous soldiers of the Crimean War, and ultimately through to her later years living in England.
Next comes Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Boycott - a story initially told by Naomi in role as the heroine herself. Dressed as Ms Parks, she tells of the day in 1955 when Rosa decided she would make a stand - or a sit-down - against injustice and racial inequality. She brings the wife, seamstress and civil rights activist to life in front of her audience. This storytelling workshop includes a drama-based activities session, where participants explore the setting, character and action of the story using movement and choral repetition.
Finally there is the story of Ruby Bridges, who in November 1960 became one of the first black children in America to be educated in a white school. Naomi particularly loves sharing this story through an array of childhood games and activities, encouraging children to understand the difficulties of life and going to school during this time of segregation. It empowers her audience to realise that, no matter how small or young you are, you too can make a difference and be a force for good.
“I really enjoyed you working with me. It built my confidence.” Nasir
“What I enjoyed about the story was the actions we joined in with." Adesuwa
“I like the story very much and Naomi gave us fun activities to take part in." Eva
“I loved and loved and loved it. Thank you very much!!!!” Mohammed