Newtown Alive



Newtown Alive Tour & Performance

Embracing Our Differences is proud to partner with Newtown Alive and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe to celebrate the history and cultural heritage of Newtown, one of Sarasota’s oldest communities. In preparation for Black History Month, fourth-grade students follow in the footsteps of Sarasota’s African-American pioneers on a guided bus tour led by students from the Booker High School Coexistence Club. Students tap into the neighborhood’s heartbeat, visit landmarks and learn about the courageous trailblazers who built this thriving community. The tour includes historical markers that showcase the places where men and women fought for equal rights and triumphed over Jim Crow segregation, KKK intimidation, and vigilante violence. The students also attend a live performance by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.


4th Grade Florida Standards/ Benchmarks:
SS.4.A.6.3  Describe the contributions of significant individuals to Florida.
SS.4.A.7.1  Describe the causes and effects of the 1920's Florida land boom and bust.
SS.4.A.7.2  Summarize challenges Floridians faced during the Great Depression.
SS.4.A.8.1  Identify Florida's role in the Civil Rights Movement.
SS.4.C.2.1  Discuss public issues in Florida that impact the daily lives of its citizens.
SS.4.C.2.2  Identify ways citizens work together to influence government and solve problems.         

Teacher Resources:



Read more here: