Through dynamic live solo performaces combined with archival film and sound, professional actors from Living Voices, a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, will relate the history of marginalized groups in our country that continue to suffer discrimination. Goals for each of these one-hour programs are to educate and to increase understanding and compassion. Thanks to funding from the Legacy Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, MCHE is able to offer these public programs free of charge. Unless indicated otherwise, each will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the social hall of the Jewish Community Campus.
Reservations can be made by calling MCHE’s automated response line, 913-327-8196, visiting the MCHE office, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with full contact information, or reserving your seats below. No tickets will be issued, but those making reservations by noon the day prior to the event will be seated at 6:30 p.m. General seating begins at 6:45 p.m.
WITHIN THE SILENCE
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 7p.m. Jewish Community Campus Social Hall and TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 – Venue Pending
Emiko Yamada, a teenage girl growing up in Seattle’s “Nihonmachi” (Japantown), learns early that there are certain parts of town and certain establishments where she is not welcome. The Yamadas are proud of their American life and their contribution to their new country, but when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, the people of Emiko’s community become scapegoats for American fear.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 7p.m. Guadalupe Center, 1015 East Avenida Cesar Chavez, Kansas City, Missouri
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 7p.m. Jewish Community Campus Social Hall
La Causa is the story of Maria Hernandez, the daughter of Mexican American migrant workers, and her life-changing involvement in the Farm Workers movement led by Cesar Chavez in the 1960s and 1970s. As a young woman, she must balance the demands of her family and her culture and fights to see her family free of poverty.
THE RIGHT TO DREAM
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018, 7p.m. Jewish Community Campus Social Hall
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018, 7p.m. Gem Theater, 1615 East 18th Street, Kansas City
The Right to Dream is told from the viewpoint of Ruby Hollis, a young African American growing up in a small town in Mississippi on the brink of the American Civil Rights movement. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history.
THROUGH THE EYES OF A FRIEND
TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018, 7p.m. Jewish Community Campus Social Hall
Through The Eyes of a Friend is the story of Sarah Weis (composite character), the daughter German Jews who flees to Holland when the Nazis come to power. There, Sarah becomes friends with Anne Frank. When the Nazis invade Holland. Sarah hides in a basement until she is discovered and sent to the Westerbork concentration camp. At Westerbork, Sarah and Anne are reunited, and later transported to Auschwitz.