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Fall 2024 School Tour: Illuminating Bayard Rustin
About the Tour

The chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was a West Chester native, but many local students and adults alike are surprised to learn about his prominence as an openly gay Civil Rights activist and advocate for nonviolent resistance. Influences and interactions from his extraordinary life are explored in a traveling performance combining text and songs celebrating Rustin’s legacy as a change-maker.

This touring presentation includes a 25 minute performance + the option for a 10-20 minute facilitated talkback; the program is designed to fit in a standard class or assembly period. Schools may schedule up to three performances per day, or over multiple days.

Tour requests must be approved for facility and scheduling viability. Please begin the process of booking performances by completing THIS FORM or contacting:

Kathryn Moroney
Director of Education & Civic Practice or 610.647.1900 x137

Quick Facts
  • Ages: Recommended for grades 9-12
  • Length: 45 minute presentation (including performance and optional reflection)
  • Dates: September 30–October 13
  • Audience size: Recommended for 25-150 students per performance
  • Cost: $600 for 1 performance, $1000 for 2 in the same day, $1200 for 3 in the same day
  • Extended workshops: In response to school requests in 2023, we now offer a space to reflect on identity, bias, and experiences of community in students’ lives today, in smaller groups (10-40 participants per workshop) facilitated by People’s Light Teaching Artists. This extension has served affinity spaces and special interest clubs or groups; we are happy to discuss the needs and match for your school. Each workshop is 50-70 minutes (timing flexible to group needs) with a fee of $200.