By Kim Glovas

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.

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(credit: Kim Glovas)

(credit: Kim Glovas)

“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.”

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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!”

(credit: Kim Glovas)

(credit: Kim Glovas)

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The play was commissioned by the Committee of 70 for the Democratic National Convention.