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Khabir Shareef

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Khabir Shareef practices storytelling, theater, and percussion. Based in Indianapolis, he has worked in the arts for more than 25 years, and has been a partner with Arts for Learning for more than 13 years. Khabir holds a Communications degree, with a minor in African-American history, from Martin University. Through entertainment, education, and interaction, Khabir uses first-person storytelling techniques to engage and inform young audiences. He has received multiple Individual Artist Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission for his work. “During my performances, youth are exposed to and educated about African-American history and cultural perspectives in an engaging, fun manner,” Khabir said. After the performances, Khabir always engages students in a lively question and answer session, and the children often surprise them with their curiosity and thoughtfulness. “There is always a different perspective,” he said. “Children can grasp and take away much more than an artist intended.” To learn more about Khabir, visit his website.

Programs

Major Martin Delany: African American Civil War Officer

Performance

Delany was a freeborn in S. Carolina. Because the law prohibited formal education, Delany was self-taught and went on to be a teacher, newspaper publisher, medical doctor, and U.S. military commander. Delany will retell his story during this live fact-based presentation reinforced with audience participation.

This program meets standards in Black History Month Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $369 Double: $538

Prince Among Slaves

Performance

Students will meet Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, a West African Muslim prince and military commander. Rahman was captured by his enemies, sold to slave traders, endured the Middle Passage, and eventually taken to a plantation near Natchez, Mississippi. After 40 years of enslavement, he was freed by order of President John Quincy Adams and continued on to strengthen the abolitionist movement.

This program meets standards in African Culture Black History Month Social Studies U.S. History & Culture World History & Culture
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $444 Double: $688

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