Blacks in Wax

Since then, each year the center is transformed into a “museum,” as the tennis scholars, in historically accurate costumes, line up in the hallways and classrooms, posing behind rope, stanchion and tap lights as “wax statues.”

Each production focuses on a specific aspect of American history and culture as follows:

1. (2019) Young, Gifted and Woke presents young activists who have made an impact in the country and the world through their public protests and involvement. From elementary school-aged children to college-level emerging young adults; they have "shown up" to support civil rights initiatives, college programs, gun laws and more. Young people have followed in the footsteps of great community leaders and taken up the charge lending their voices and their lives.

2. (2018) Power of One spotlights on individuals who spoke truth to power and ignited a movement; a celebration of those who with their words and actions took a stand for others. Women from Washington D.C joined others taking the center stage. Among the women portrayed were such as Cathy Hughes, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, and April Ryan. Their presence was designed to help the presenters and audience in understanding the cultural nature of D.C.

3. (2017) No More Hidden Voices…Unite will bring to fruition the significant contributions of important icons who have made and are making history in our society.

4. (2016) Back Then…Right Now! renewed social consciousness and action on the rise. In the wake of the centuries injustices Black Americans have faced we continue the fight for human rights. This year we will connect with our history, explore what happened “back then” and the battle we are waging RIGHT NOW.

5. (2014) Souls of the Movement features three modern-day students discussing a project for their political science class about various movements such as Civil Rights, Black Muslims, Black Power, Student, and Women’s Movement, and other Cultural Movements that have changed the world.

6. (2013) Struggle to Serve 1865 to 1965 highlighted the impact of the U.S. Constitution’s 15th Amendment, which gave African Americans the right to vote; the 19th Amendment, which afforded the same to women; and the impact of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which reinforced the spirit of the 15th Amendment on the lives of African Americans, women and the country.

7. (2012) Movement to Monument portrayed African Americans that played significant roles in the Civil Rights movement and helped create a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and

8. (2011) From Surviving to Thriving celebrated the economic achievements and contributions of African Americans;

9. (2010) Lift Every Voice…and Stand showcased African American artists that use their talents and celebrity to take a stand for a cause or justice;

10. (2009) From Chains to Change traveled through time, from the days of slavery to the election of President Barack Obama;

Renowned for its production quality and innovation, SETLC’s Annual Blacks in Wax (BNW) attracts extensive media coverage, including features: The Washington Post, live coverage on Fox 5’s morning news, and audio clips of monologues on WHUR 96.3 FM.