The family turns the staircase into a stage for black history

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Miles from Broadway theaters, on a stairway in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, a family is putting on a show all their own.

The vignettes feature America’s most famous civil rights icons. The show has been running for 10 years, but the pandemic forced the Flowers family to take the show outside.

Here, founder Aaronda Flowers reprized her role as Harriet Tubman.

“I enjoy playing the character of Harriet Tubman because of the stamina she’s had to endure to really pull black people through,” Flowers said.

On folding chairs outside on the sidewalk, neighbors learn about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

There’s also abolitionist and suffragette Sojourner Truth and Emmett Till. He is the 14-year-old Mississippi child who was lynched in 1955 after being falsely accused of refereting a white woman.

“It’s important to let our community know about our story so no one is forgotten,” said organizer Zahne Flowers.

“Our black American heroes who fought for change, who fought for justice,” an actor said in the performance.

Now they fight to be remembered. The family turns the staircase into a stage for black history

Dais Johnston

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