Feel The Music, Change The World...
The Ray of Hope Project started with the goal of using African American spirituals to shed light on the combined anti-slavery efforts of blacks and whites in 19th century New England and now includes nine musicians and actors who incorporate African American spirituals with live music in their participatory programs.
The Ray of Hope Project musicians and actors use historical accounts of successful African Americans and primary source readings to teach about slavery in 19th century America. Schools, libraries, and museums throughout the U.S. have enjoyed working with The Ray of Hope Project members to create poems and performance pieces.
What Our Clients are Saying:
Not only are they highly knowledgeable, their workshops are entertaining and enjoyable as well-
Esther Olvera, Education Director, P.S. 8 Head Start, New York City
...Mastery of her material was delivered in a straight forward style that was accessible to a multi-generational audience who were delighted as she both entertained and educated them. Her selection of material was spot on and our guests especially appreciated her hands on approach ... They just couldn't get enough and walked away wanting more. I would highly recommend anyone who has the chance to work with Alika not to miss the opportunity.
Jim O'Brien, Coordinator of Special Events, Old Sturbridge Village
Some clients/presentations include:
- Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury CT
- Old Sturbridge Village
- Oregon Jewish Museum
- The Children's Aid Society
- P.S. 8 Head Start (NYC)
- P.S. 5 Head Start/Early Head Start (NYC)
- All Our Kin
Ray of Hope Project Artists:
Jaeme Brennan McDonald
Doug Wilson, Jr.
Lawrence V. White
John Henry Langley