Chautauqua is historical tourism at its finest. It’s your chance to time travel to another era and meet some of history’s most illustrious characters. Historical enactments include a monologue “in character” and an opportunity to pose questions to both the visiting luminary and the scholar/presenter. Daytime workshops and lectures give further glimpses of the social, cultural and political nuances of the era.
The theme for Summer Chautauqua 2024 is, “60 Years Since the Civil Rights Act: Lift Every Voice,” which explores the enduring significance of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The week-long event highlights five individuals who understood that the Act was critical to ending the segregation of two highly unequal societies in America.
Characters to be portrayed include:
- Tuesday: Earl Warren. He led the court to strike down segregation with Brown vs. School Board, open voting rights in Baker vs. Carr & Reynolds vs. Sims, and uphold criminal rights to counsel and protections in Miranda and Gideon vs. Wainwright, by Doug Mishler
- Wednesday: Rosa Parks. Often called the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” an ordinary person who did extraordinary things, by Vanessa Adams-Harris
- Thursday: Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson. An unlikely but surprisingly influential civil rights activist who showed the South that the end of segregation and Jim Crow laws would improve their region economically and ease it into the modern world, by Leslie Goddard
- Friday: Thurgood Marshall. A civil rights lawyer who defined the achievements of an era, by Jim Armstead
- Saturday: Coretta Scott King. Her activism started before her marriage, then it complimented and influenced her husband’s political work, continuing long after his assassination, by Rebecca Jimerson
Workshops will be held at 10:30 am and Noon each day. Feature performances begin with live entertainment at 6:30 pm followed by the scholar at 7:30 pm. Admission to all Chautauqua events is always free.
Workshop information and schedule TBA.