"Do You Know Me?" - A Digital Performance Episode in Celebration of Pennsylvania Black History
“Do You Know Me?” is an original digital performance episode by Sharia Benn. Combining history and drama, the piece takes us on a journey through poetry, letters, and the underground railroad, highlighting the words of influential local and national African American leaders. “Do You Know Me?” connects student audiences to Harrisburg's rich history of abolitionists and civil rights activists who worked to end slavery, secure the vote, and challenge the segregation that continues to plague our communities. The episode features local student talent, as well as professional artists to breathe life into poetry, interviews, speeches, and letters that are all a part of our local and national history. By sharing this truthful knowledge of culture, history, and identity, students gain a better understanding of the past so that they can be better agents for social change in the future. The project is a partnership with Sankofa African American Theatre Company and Gamut Theatre Group and sponsored by the Dauphin County Commissioners and Highmark Blue Shield.