Lions of Industry

Smithsonian’s “Lions of Industry …” at Whittier EC
[February, 2011] Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention by the Smithsonian Discovery Theatre engaged students at Whittier EC to look at the lives and work of amazing African American entrepreneurs and inventors who overcame immense odds to succeed. For Whittier, which is a DC Catalyst school emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the characters, including beauty innovator Madam C.J. Walker, agricultural chemist and painter George Washington Carver, and academic giant Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute, were particularly relevant. Also depicted are the “Father of Chicago”, Haitian American Jean Baptiste Point du Sable and his Native American wife, Kittahawa, potato chip inventor George Crum, and John Murphy, a freed slave who started the newspaper The Afro-American, one of the most influential publications of the early twentieth century. In partnership with Class Acts Arts.