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February 03, 2015

February 3, 6–7:30 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. The Black Codes to Brown vs. Board of Education. Tougaloo College assistant professor of history Daphne Chamberlain will present "You are the Generation of Integration:" Youths and the Early Mississippi Movement and University of Southern Mississippi history professor Max Grivno will present From Slave to Citizens: Black Political Mobilization in Mississippi, 1861-1876 in the House Chamber where legislators enacted the 1865 Black Codes to limit the rights of the newly freed slaves. For more information call 601-576-6920 or email Old Capitol.

February 05, 2015

Tuesday, February 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. Face to Face with History. School groups come face to face with key figures who helped shape the history of the Old Capitol and the state of Mississippi. Reservations are required. For more information or to book this special tour, call 601-576-6920 or email Old Capitol.

February 10, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 6 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. The Old Capitol Museum will host this free New Stage Theatre touring production that uses words and songs to chronicle the Montgomery bus boycott, the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, and the Freedom Rides. For more information contact Maura Johnson at 601-576-6923 or

Walk Don't Ride

This performance is a collaboration between New Stage Theatre and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History as a celebration of Black History Month.  The performance is free to the public.  There will be a reception immediately following the performance.

Walk, Don't Ride! A Celebration of the Fight for Equality by Peter Manos chronicles in words and song the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.  Events spotlighted in this 60-minute show are the Montgomery bus boycott, the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins and the Greyhound/Trailways freedom rides.  In all of the movements, whites and blacks came together to peacefully protest segregation in America, often risking injury and death.

Without a doubt, just a couple of generations ago, these events changed the course of America and this dramatization of history illuminates for students the moments that helped shape American freedoms.  Walk, Don’t Ride presents the historic events of the civil rights movement in an engaging manner.  Students will be entertained as they learn important American history.

Walk, Don’t Ride! will be performed by New Stage’s Professional Acting Company members Augustus Bennett, Katie Beth Jewell, Pat Moran and Valencia Proctor.  Walk, Don’t Ride! was directed by Kerri Sanders, with Sharon Miles as a special music consultant.

New Stage is offering the tours to schools and communities for $575 - $775, depending on travel distance.  The price includes the performance and a post-performance question and answer session with the company.  A comprehensive study guide for teachers and publicity material is provided prior to the performance.  Various workshops for students and teachers are available with or without a performance.  Workshops available include Basic Acting, Acting Shakespeare, Drama in the Classroom, Dramatizing Stories, Improvisation and Stage Combat. Integrating Drama into the Classroom, Stage to Literacy and Teaching Shakespeare Workshops are also available for teachers as staff development.

New Stage has a strong reputation for presenting quality performances and has been touring successfully to high school and middle schools since 1990.  The tours travel throughout the state, from Clarksdale to Tate County to Gautier and most of the public school districts New Stage visits are to underserved audiences.  During the 2013-2014 season New Stage performed The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Red Badge of Courage 69 times for 27 school districts.  More than 23,000 students were delighted, entertained and educated by New Stage Theatre's professional acting company.

New Stage Theatre was chartered as a not-for-profit organization in 1965, producing its initial season in the winter/spring of 1966.  Founded by Jane Reid-Petty with the assistance of the American National Theatre Academy and Actor’s Equity Association, dedication to professional excellence in theatre arts was part of the theatre’s original mission.  New Stage’s education department was founded in 1989 and received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1995 for its efforts to introduce tens of thousands of young Mississippians to live theatre.

The New Stage Arts-in-Education touring program is sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MS, C Spire, Entergy, The Selby and Richard McRae Foundation and The Chisholm Foundation.

For pricing, more information or to schedule a tour or workshop please contact Education Director Chris Roebuck at 601-948-3533 ext. 232 or; or Education Assistant Betty Wong at 601-948-3533 ext. 233 or



March 11, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, noon–1 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. As part of the History Is Lunch series, author and political analyst Jere Nash will present “End of Construction: 1875 and the Most Infamous Campaign in Mississippi History.” For more information call 601-576-6998 or email


April 18, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Old Capitol. Gathering on the Green. Celebrate downtown Jackson with food, live music, crafts, and other festivities on the Old Capitol Green. For more information call 601-576-6920 or email