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The Movement - Wins Awards New York Theater Festival

March 2019

Kathy D. Harrison, The Movement Win The Best of The Fest at NY Winterfest

The big winner of the night was The Movement by Kathy D. Harrison a cappella musical that chronicles the Children’s March of 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. Through narrative monologues, original a cappella music that is reflective of the protest songs of the movement; this theatrical piece shows the courage that young people exhibited in an effort to combat racial injustices and inequalities.

The Movement Musical - Broadway World

February 2019

LEAP's New A Capella Musical Reflects Student Voices During Civil Rights Era

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP), Inc. is featuring a new touring musical designed to enhance student curriculum and connect the impact of the arts and social justice. The Movement, an a cappella musical, will be performed by LEAP students and professional performers (LEAP Artists Live) as part of The New York Theater Festival's Winterfest.

This award-winning production will be performed in schools throughout New York City as an educational experience for youth. 

The Movement Musical - YES BROADWAY Hype Alert

February 2019


CHILDREN ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES - This narrative musical is told through the lens of children and teens. It gives a firsthand account of how thousands of young people in Birmingham were trained to peacefully protest the oppressive Jim Crow segregation laws. They were blasted with firehoses, attacked by dogs, and jailed, yet they never wavered in their fight for justice. A touching reminder that activism has no legal age. Their courage changed America!

The Movement Musical- NAACP Performance

June 14, 2015

Members of Performing Artists United will entertain with a 15 minute excerpt from the original production entitled “The Movement.” The Movement was written by the Managing Artistic Director, Ms. Kathy D. Harrison and it has been selected to be performed at the upcoming 2015 National Black Theatre Festival. The Movement shares the story of the young people that marched against racial injustice in Birmingham, Alabama. This A capella musical honors the legacy of young people protesting during an unsettling time in history

The Movement Selected for The National Black Theatre Festival

June 9, 2015

The Movement Musical- Valley Arts District Shows

February 12, 2015

Performing Artists United will present ‘THE MOVEMENT’, An original historically basedmusical written by Kathy D. Harrison, in honor of Black History Month.

THE MOVEMENT tells the Civil Rights story of the Children’s Crusade of 1963. Thousands of school aged children peacefully protested against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. A powerful theatre piece told through narratives, music and movement. An educational and entertaining piece presented by an ensemble performing arts group who believe it necessary to tell the stories that aren’t often told.

Diversity Youth Theater performs The Movement for Annual Newark MLK Event

Watch News Coverage Footage of DYT performance.

Diversity Youth Theater Receives City Proclamation from Cory Booker

Diversity Youth Theater was presented with a City Proclamation by Cory Booker.  Founded in 2006 by Kathy D. Harrison, Diversity Youth Theater has become a local gem for young urban artists.  Performing original material that highlight experiences of young people, Diversity Youth Theater performs a season of works in partnership with varying theaters, schools, colleges and government agencies.  Representatives from the group had the honor of performing an excerpt from the civil rights musical, The Movement.

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