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Liberty and Justice for All: Sancho Ignatius & the Right to Vote

from BAM Education

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The almost forgotten story of  Charles  "Sancho" Ignatius  comes to life in this workshop
led by one of BAM's highly experienced theater artists. Using excerpts from the
one-man play "Sancho: An Act of Remembrance," and engaging theater
activities, students will creatively explore issues related to forgotten
histories, individual dignity, voting rights, and civil rights. Acclaimed actor Paterson Joseph's (HBO's The Leftovers) brilliant performance as Sancho highlights an important moment in history: the first known vote cast by an
African-British man in England in the 18th century. By exploring this pivotal voter's rights moment in British history, students can juxtapose Sancho's story with case studies in US History.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $200.00
Point to Point Premium: $160.00

Introductory pricing of one (1) 1/2 price workshop for every one (1) full-price workshop booked.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Community Interests, Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Character Education, Leadership

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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We will not charge for programs cancelled due to school closures due to weather i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 72 hours notice.

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BAM Education

Brooklyn, NY
United States

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Program Details


1. The class begins with an examination of the power to vote.
2. The students analyze a portrait of Sancho painted by Thomas Gainsborough.
3. The students learn important facts about Charles "Sancho" Ignatius' life.
4. Students watch and discuss the first of three clips from the play
5. Students watch the second clip and talk about the character of Sancho; and the importance of his vote.
6. Students engage in theater games exploring gesture.
7. Students watch the third and last clip from the play and explore the importance of Charles "Sancho" Ignatius' actions.
8. Student reflection and Q&A with teaching artist.


> Students will learn the story of Charles "Sancho" Ignatius
> Students will consider what it means to learn of a story of a person of color that have could have been lost to history
> Students will watch excerpts from an acclaimed play
> Students will explore how theatrical gesture add meaning and power to words
> Students will engage in a discussion about voting and race, history, and justice

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.RH.2 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.SL.1c -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.SL.1d -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.SL.4 -- Speaking and Listening

State Standards

New York Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts
Bench Mark 12:
Connecting Theater to Personal Experience, Community and Society
through an Exploration of Themes, Culture and History
Students demonstrate a capacity for deep personal connection
to theater and a realization of the meaning and
messages in theater.