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Jabari Dreams of Freedom

‘Jabari Dreams of Freedom’ free virtual screening on March 13

The production tells the story of 10-year-old Jabari, who loves to paint.

You can tune in to a free virtual screening of “Jabari Dreams of Freedom,” a critically acclaimed new play for young audiences and their families.

Edmonds Center for the Arts, in conjunction with Edmonds School District and Communities of Color Coalition’s Arts in Action, has organized the event in honor of Black Lives Matter Month of Action. Showtime is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13, and afterward the audience can join and followed by a live Q&A with playwright Nambi E. Kelley and director Daniel Carlton.

The production runs 47 minutes and tells the story of 10-year-old Jabari, who loves to paint. Through his art, he escapes the turbulent world around him and the reality of a friend hurt by police violence.

In his dreams, Jabari meets young people from the civil-rights era, including Ruby Bridges, Claudette Colvin and others, who teach him how to be fearless. He also meets his hero, Barack Obama, as a 7-year-old boy on the eve of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Using rap, freedom songs, history and humor, “Jabari Dreams of Freedom” explores what it means to have courage in a world where Black boys often are not safe.

The production is recommended for kids third grade and up and is meant for families to watch together. You can view the trailer here.

Here’s how to register. (Ticket holders will receive a link 24 hours before showtime and also will be able to stream the show for 48 hours.)

Additional programming for teachers and homeschool parents is available by contacting Katie Newbaum,


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Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.