Beyond Wakanda:
Black Superheroes from
Comics to Real Life

 

Grades 2 – 6

 

Civics, Civic Engagement, ELA, Media Literacy
National Liberty Museum

From "Black Panther" to "Storm," Black superheroes have long fascinated us. In this fun, fast-paced, and interactive virtual workshop for kids ages 8-12, discover what special characteristics make Black superheroes super and how their creation transformed the comic book world.

National Liberty Museum - Beyond Wakanda

About the Course:
You’ll also hear about real-life Black superheroes, past and present, who have made a true difference in the world. Finally, you will use our templates (and your imagination!) to create your very own superhero with the power to stand up for what you believe in.

Expected Outcomes:
Participants will:

  • Think about liberty and what it means to them.
  • Learn about the history of Black comic book heroes and the groundbreaking work of the writers and artists who brought them to the forefront.
  • Explore the character traits that make a great superhero.
  • Learn about real life Black heroes who have made positive changes in their communities.
  • Identify their own superpowers and create a superhero to stand up for what they believe in.

Additional Information:
This program is virtual and aligns with PA/Common Core standards for ELA and Social Studies. The National Liberty Museum will protect the privacy of all participants; all media produced will remain the property of the producer unless otherwise agreed. All participants will receive a free Family Pass (two adults and three children) good for one visit to the Museum.

Subject Matter:
Civics, Civic Engagement, ELA, Media Literacy

Targeted Age Group(s):
Elementary School (Grade 2 – 5)
Middle School (Grade 6)

Class Size:
15 Students

Date / Time Offered:
Tuesdays,  Starting July 13, 2021
10:00 – 11:30 am

SI YES Partner National Liberty Museum

About the National Liberty Museum:
Located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Liberty Museum illuminates the strength and fragility of liberty and presents the stories of people whose positive actions inspire us to protect and advance liberty for all. The National Liberty Museum envisions a world where all people understand and embrace the contemporary meaning and significance of liberty, and are empowered to take transformative action to ensure liberty for themselves and others.

About the Educator: Alexis Jennings
Alexis Jennings is a Museum Educator at the National Liberty Museum, and she loves museums! Prior to joining the NLM, Alexis held positions at the Chester County History Center, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. As a museum professional, Alexis strives for museums to serve their communities and use their content to teach visitors how to make meaningful change in their lives and their communities. Alexis holds a master’s degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Alexis Jennings
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