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Civil Rights Legacy Tour

For more than 10 years, Tacoma Arts Live has presented 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, King, South Kitsap, and Thurston Counties.

Guided by Dr. Martin Luther King’s quote:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

2021-22 Tour Production: Nihonjin Face

As World War II begins, ten-year-old Tomiko and her family must leave their home in Tacoma’s Nihonmachi (Japan Town), along with 110,000 other Japanese Americans. During her years of incarceration, Tomiko learns the impact of racial discrimination and develops empathy for others facing civil rights challenges – eventually joining Dr. Martin Luther King’s efforts. Later in life, she shares her experiences with her grandson, who is also navigating the complexities of racial identity in the America of today. Written by Janet Hayakawa and Tere Martinez.

Tour Dates:  January 10 - January 28, 2022

Booking: $375 per school

Virtual Assembly includes:

  • Private link to the recorded stage production of Nihonjin Face
  • Curriculum resources & Professional Development workshops
  • Artist Experience (your school can choose one of the following):
    • Pre-recorded Artist Interview
    • Host a Live, Interactive Artist Interview

If you are interested in booking this year’s Virtual Civil Rights Legacy Tour, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Common Core Connections:

CCR Anchor standards K-12
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.