Inspired by the 1963 Leesburg Girls who Senior Fellow Ian Fields Stewart learned about and met during the 2017 John Lewis Fellowship, they created a play that addresses the historical abuse of black women and girls and their continued methods of survival and thriving.
Ian asked these woman, what did they did on a day to day to basis? Their answers personalized this atrocity in history.
Ian Fields Stewart asked these women what they did on a day to day to basis and their answers personalized this atrocity in history. They felt it was important to share their contextualized stories of the Leesburg Stockade with the young women that they serve with at viBe Theater Experience.
Ian remarked that, “When working with young women of color, it is necessary for their intellect and needs to lead the way. I could never have imagined how beautifully the young women would encapsulate this moment in history.”
The show uplifted this moment in civil rights history that is often ignored, while also giving the young women viBe serves with the opportunity to speak to the issues that affect them as young black girls in 2017.