Detroit's Mosaic Youth Theater presents "Northern Lights 1966," a powerful true story of Detroit students who stood up for their own rights and won.
This year marks the 52nd anniversary of the student-led protest at Detroit's Northern High School. The production opens Friday, May 11 . through Sunday, May 20 at the Detroit Film Theatre within the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.
According to a release from Detroit Mosaic Youth Theatre, the production shows a prelude to Detroit's turbulent 1967 summer of racial unrest. The students of the virtually all black Northern High School were rebelling because they believed the school facilities and education they were receiving were far inferior to that of students in schools located in primarily white neighborhoods.
The students organized, and on April 7, 1966, 2000 students executed a walkout that was supported by many of the engaged and active educators working within the system, and together they formed a "Freedom School" in an effort to gain access to a better education and improve conditions for future generations of Detroit students.
Show dates and times:
Friday, May 11 and May 18 10:00am (Student Matinee)
Saturday, May 12 and May 19 7:00pm (Public Performance)
Sunday, May 13 and May 20 4:00pm (Public Performance)
To purchase tickets, order online at www.mosaicdetroit.com. For information about student matinees and special group rates for public performances, call 313-872-6910 ext. 4024.