Gist of Freedom

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First rehearsal/ Reading Underground Railroad Play

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Written by Leslie Gist & William Beasley 

The play has been a dream of Leslie’s for quite some time and now it is coming to fruition. Ms. Sherry Jackson, past foreman of The National Park Service asked Leslie to write a play about the Underground Railroad in a manner that kids could relate to. The theme is that kids in an Underground Railroad Safe House are going on a journey. This reading pulls the audience in as it covers two eras: the past and the present. 

Mrs. Gist is working with Harlem Actors. For this rendition, the actors will be seated on the stage in their street clothes, and reading the script. While this is not a full blown production, it is a prelude to what is next. 

The Saturday Academy is honored that Mrs. Gist asked our John Wesley family and friends to be the first audience. You are encouraged to come out with our kids and youth, use your imagination, digest some of our history in an alternative manner, and look forward to the next chapter. 

Leslie continues to inspire us with all that she does.  As author and historian, her book – “The Gist of Freedom is Still Faith” is a must read. She has been a friend and staunch supporter of the Saturday Academy since 2010. 

Our guests have a three to four hour trip as they are traveling from New Jersey and New York. 

Please RSVP by 10 January 2014 

Actors Justin W. White Fredric MichaelsWinter -Lee Holland and Niambi Steele

Point of contact: Betty Brooks, 

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