Clyborne Park as a Provocative Riff on Raisin in the Sun

Review this video before class to help you come to terms with the construction of the plot, the importance of the set as well as how Norris makes central attitudes of race in the last fifty years of American cultural history. This is also an interesting video with annontations. The pop-ups supply interesting information about the dynamic decisions that artist make in theatre.  If you find them too distracting, search for other videos with this cast, which won awards for being a great ensemble. Seeing a scene from each act will also help you visualize the text better. 

Throughout our work with Clybourne Park, I will try to encourage you to think about issues of race in American history as well as today. With President Obama being elected as the first African American President, there are obvious signs and symbols of progress regarding euqality in our culture. That said, what else does our nation have to accomplish? I supply this interesting 19th century passage from a Connecticut minister in order for you to generate ideas for your future essay on the topic.

“The work to be done is not to completed in a day or a year; it will require a long time to remove the evils which slavery and habit have so deeply engraved upon the very foundation of everything.”

-Reverened Amos G. Beeman, Middletown, Sept. 6, 1862, letter to the editor of The Weekly Anglo-African newspaper.


About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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