Most people can easily define the Holocaust. But ask them about the Middle Passage and they're usually dumbfounded.
The Middle Passage formed the stage of the triangular trade in which millions of people from
Eleven youngsters and 22 adults comprise both the cast and backstage crew.
"The kids learn about it and can talk about it in a way that's fun," she said.
"We start with
"They got sick; they weren't fed, so many of them jumped overboard to escape," McGill said. Many of the Negro spirituals people assume are about belief in God contain double meanings, McGill explained. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is really about a point where slaves met to make their escape plans along the
"It shows how resilient the slaves were and how much people wanted to be free," she said.
A Reconstruction segment includes a McGill-penned song about the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. The 1863 Emancipation Proclamation didn't end slavery; it only launched a new era, she said.
"There had to be an amendment to say that black people were actual humans and citizens of the U.S.," she explained.
The group addresses the
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