BUCKHANNON — In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Alpha Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma sponsored a Harriet Tubman performance by Ilene Evans, through the History Alive program. The students enjoyed the interactive performance at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School on Monday morning.
Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society of key women educators that works hard to support all educational issues. Anything we can do to foster any educational issues we like to take the opportunity to do this,” said member, Bethany Post. This excellent program was requested by a member who is also a current teacher at BAES. The society has never sponsored a program like this before and loves finding new ways to promote education.
Ilene Evans is a performing artist, director, storyteller, and writer for the Voices from the Earth. She has a master’s in education with an emphasis on Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. She travels the world performing in places such as Columbia and Ghana to bring life to the stories of those before us.
She played the character of Harriet Tubman, the famous “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. Tubman was born in Dorchester, Maryland as a slave, and later escaped to freedom in 1849. She made multiple trips to save the lives of about 100 other slaves. “She never ran off the track and never lost a passenger,” Evans emphasized. Evans brought these struggles and pain of Harriet Tubman to life for the children and teachers of BAES through her enchanting voice and gestures. She went as far as to answer questions in character and as herself at the end of the performance.
This was a wonderful way to celebrate Women’s History Month and to honor the brave woman who changed so many people’s lives. This program was a powerful way to reach children of all ethnicities and help them understand history and culture. “And so, the story of courage and freedom that has inspired me, I hope it will inspire you and others as well, and that you will keep telling stories that lift us up and make us better people,” said Evans.