1619: The Journey of a People, The Musical

A Road Scholar Program by Ted Williams III

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Oct 19, 2023


Gateway Convention Center
1 Gateway Dr
Collinsville, IL 62234-6107


Open to the public

On August 20, 1619, 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia. The 400-year journey that followed would change a nation and the world. 1619: The Journey of a People is a dynamic theatrical and lecture experience featuring Playwright, Professor, and Performer Ted Williams III.

This one-man show packs generations of history into an abridged performance. 1619: The Journey of a People commemorates the struggles, recognizes the heroes, and critically analyzes the American journey towards freedom and equality. From the beginning of American slavery to the Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Civil Rights Era, and modern movements for justice, Williams uses history to explain America’s current reality.

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Ted Williams III during a performance of 1619: The Journey of a People

1619: The Journey of a People Trailer

Since the world premiere in August of 2019, the production has been performed over a dozen times throughout Chicago and at various locations including Elmhurst College, Wheaton College, and Hampton University. It has been featured in the Chicago Defender, Daily Herald, WCIU’s The Jam, V103’s Chicago Speaks with Darryl Dennard, WVON’s Real Talk Real People, and on Fox32 Chicago. 1619: The Journey of a People was funded by the Illinois Arts Council and nominated for the 2020 August Wilson Award for Best Writing of Musical by the Black Theater Alliance Awards.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Bill Pixley at bpixley@mtvbrehm.org.
Learn more about Ted Williams III, this program, and how to book it here.