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Civil Rights Legacy Tour

Tacoma Arts Live touring shows are celebrating the 10th year of original touring productions that honor the legacy of civil rights leaders and encourage civic responsibility among young learners. These touring shows have reached over 150,000 youth at schools throughout Pierce County, South King, South Kitsap, and Thurston Counties.

2019-20 Tour Production
Get on the Bus

In today’s rhetoric, it can be easy to paint the “Other” in broad strokes, but what happens when the “Other” turns out to be your best friend? Thomas and Julia’s friendship is tested when one of them argues against immigration and the other reveals being undocumented. The debate heightens on the eve of a modern-day ride for immigrant rights, when they meet Ms. Vivian, a veteran of the original Freedom Rides of the 1960s. Through Vivian’s memories, the students consider how the challenges and lessons of the Civil Rights Movement could influence their actions today. With evocative dialogue, multimedia elements and supporting curricula, this is one bus ride students will not forget. Along the way, they will think critically about the Civil Rights Movement, civic engagement, American identity and freedom of expression in relation to the urgent issues of our own times.  

Tour Dates Available:
January 8 - 31, 2020

Single Tour Assembly: $1,100
Two Assemblies: $1,200

Partnering School Assembly: $750 each - Partner with another school to host one assembly at each school on the same day.

Book your assembly today!

Contact Katie Lappier, Director of Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 253.573.2518

Get on the Bus Study Materials Coming Soon! 

Common Core Connections:

CCR Anchor standards K-12
LANGUAGE
  • Knowledge of Language
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.3
      Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
CCR Anchor standards K-12
READING
  • Integrate and Evaluate
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7
      Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
CCR Anchor standards K-12
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
  • Comprehension and Collaboration
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1
      Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expression their own clearly and persuasively.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2
      Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3
      Evaluate speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.