PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Take the history of the Voting Rights Act and add some hip hop and interactive theater and what do you get? A presentation of “Voices of Voting.”
The play performed at University City’s Enterprise Center is designed to teach young teens about a history that they may not even know they have: the inequality that brought about the voting rights act. Playwright David Bradley wants to connect that past with what young voters can accomplish today.
“We want young people to see that they have a voice in that, they get to be people who get to decide who we use our resources, who gets to be included, who we stand up for.”
Michelle Lofton brought her 17-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son to see the play.
“We home school so I thought this was a great way to bring civics into our home schooling lesson. That’s why I brought them because in the next election, my daughter will be able to vote!”
The play was commissioned by the Committee of 70 for the Democratic National Convention.