Blacks in Wax



Biography

The Southeast Tennis and Learning Center’s (SETLC) Annual Blacks in Wax living history program is one of the center’s most unique and successful educational programs – one that transfixes children and touches audiences.

Created in 2006 by the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC), in partnership with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), this innovative program features SETLC scholars in period costumes posing behind rope, stanchion and tap lights as “wax statues” of iconic African Americans of the past and present.  At the touch of a light, each figure comes to life with a first-person monologue depicting their contributions and place in history.

The program also chronicles African American history each year with a new, original stage production. This year, Movement to Monument depicts the African Americans who played significant roles in the Civil Rights movement and helped create a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Combining drama, music, and dance, SETLC scholars have brought African American history to life throughout Washington, D.C. – from east of the Anacostia River to the halls of Congress and the Kennedy Center.  Our scholars have been featured at the opening of the Cicely Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts in New Jersey, and as part of the Black Classic Cinema Series at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/9/2014: Target Family Night: Blacks in Wax

This renowned annual black history production features youth from the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center who transform from a wax replica to a live portrayal of our most notable entertainers, writers, athletes, poets, entrepreneurs, and political leaders. (This event will take place from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Grand Foyer near the Opera House, with a performance on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m.)

Video 3/23/2013: Blacks in Wax

This renowned annual black history production features youth from the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center who transform from a wax replica to a live portrayal of our most notable entertainers, writers, athletes, poets, entrepreneurs, and political leaders. (This event will take place in the Hall of States from 4:45-5:45 p.m., with a performance on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m.)

Video 3/3/2012: Blacks in Wax

This renowned annual black history production features youth from the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center who transform from a wax replica of a character to a live portrayal of some of our most notable entertainers, writers, athletes, poets, entrepreneurs, and political leaders. (This event takes place in the Hall of Nations from 4:45-5:45 p.m., with a performance on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m.)

Blacks in Wax