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A Kids Play About Racism

Ages 5 & up
  • About This Program

    Watch party + panel presented in partnership with Children's Theatre of Charlotte

    Many adults struggle with explaining what racism is to children. In our current climate, it has never been more important to educate future generations about what racism is and how to respond to someone who is racist towards them or others. In partnership with Children's Theatre of Charlotte, the Gantt will stream this theatrical performance of the stage play with theatres across the nation. Following the play, our guest panelists will discuss the implications of racism as a whole, how racially tense experiences mold the psyche of young developing minds and what parents can do to ensure their children are prepared to deal with these types of situations.

    Click/tap here to learn more about the actors!

    How To Participate

    The performance will be streamed on Saturday, August 1 at 2 pm. Click/tap here to view the performance.

    This program is in partnership with Children's Theatre of Charlotte.

  • Program Schedule

    2 pm
    Join Arlethia Hailstock, Community Initiatives Leader with Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Afeni Grace, Gantt Center Program Coordinator as they welcome Resident Teaching Artist Karen Steele who will read a kids book about racism.

    2:15 pm
    Watch the world premiere adaptation of the book.

    2:45 pm
    Engage in the post-show discussion with a panel of esteemed guests including:

    • Charlitta Hatch (author of Black Boy Joy and President of the Charlotte chapter of the Junior League)
    • Tarik Sloussi, M.A., LCMHC (Child psychologist)
    • Chanel Blanchett (Teaching artist)
    • Darius Smalls (ImaginOn Librarian)
    • Jasmine Lennon (4th grade student)

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