Join us for a performance by Storyteller Valerie Tutson, Friday, February 7th!

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

You are welcome to join your child in the Wildwood Library on Friday, February 7th  to enjoy Young Audiences’ The Right To…Liberty, a performance by storyteller Valerie Tutson, brought to your school by The Wildwood PGO.  She will present twice:

9:45 – 10:30, Grades 3 – 6 : The Right To…Liberty
During the colonial period and the time of the American Revolution, freedom was on the minds of all people, including those held in captivity or on the margins in the free Black communities. There were many Black people who wanted to make sure that the revolutionary ideals of the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would become reality for themselves, their community, and their children. Storyteller Valerie Tutson recounts significant moments from this moment in our national history through the tales of Ona Maria Judge, who escaped from the plantation of President George Washington, James Forten, who, as a teen, risked his life in the fight against the British, and Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mumbet, whose court case paved the way to abolishing slavery in Massachusetts.  
10:45 – 11:30, Grades K – 2 : Tales From African Traditions
Drawing from her own travels, internationally known storyteller Valerie Tutson brings to life an assortment of myths, folktales and historical accounts from the African continent and the African Diaspora. Tailoring the material to the grade level of her audience, she shows students the beauty, humor and wisdom of tales which help to illuminate parts of the diverse and ancient cultures of Africa. 

If you are unable to attend:

Talk about it! Ask your child about the program. You can use the following open-ended questions to start the conversation:

Tell me about the performance. What was the best part?

What surprised you? How did it make you feel?

What are you still wondering about? How can we learn more about that?

If your child enjoyed this program, we encourage you to reach out about how you can be involved in bringing the arts to schools. Please visit to learn more about this and other Young Audiences’ Programs.

Brought to you through the generosity of the Wildwood PGO & Wildwood Library.

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