African American History Web Site

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African American History Web Site 
Our site -- which looks at the African American experience in the justice system -- is getting a facelift and we want to enliven the content through compelling narration.

We are looking to get some sample narrations to prove out the concept, then will work directly with the winning narrator to scope the work. The timetable for the samples is soon, but the timetable for the project has yet to be determined; most likely, it will be a few months in the making and will take place this spring.

Preference will obviously be given to voices that feel like an authentic and natural fit for the content. An ideal narrator might be a middle-aged (or older) African American man or woman with a certain gravitas, yet an ability to make educational content come to life for the listener through a casual, engaging tone. But we're open to you surprising us with a younger voice!

Please reach out with any questions via V123. Many thanks for your efforts. 
2015-04-02 01:14:07 GMT
2015-04-06 20:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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7 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 6 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 7 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.

Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
To be defined
Via Internet: web
English - USA and Canada
Middle Age Male
• Phone Patch AND
• Audio files must be delivered via email AND
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
• Deliver edited and finished voice tracks
Not defined
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

custom demo required  
Sample script segments to be read (please read as much or as little as you need to showcase your voice):

Barbershop Case
William Lewis was an outstanding student and captain of the Harvard football team in 1892. Yet he was turned away from a local barbershop because of his race. Lewis and his attorney Butler Wilson challenged the unofficial Jim Crow regulations, managing to persuade the legislature to add barbershops to the list of places where discrimination was prohibited.

Going to School
In 1848, a five-year-old African American girl named Sarah Roberts was getting ready to enter elementary school. She was not allowed to attend school with her white peers. Instead, she was enrolled at an all-black elementary school. It was far from her home and in poor condition. Sarah’s father, Benjamin, challenged the Boston School Committee’s policy of racial segregation.
When the case was heard in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, it was argued by one of the nation's first African American attorneys, Robert Morris, and his co-counsel Charles Sumner. Morris later became a giant of the legal community in Boston, but when he took the lead in Sarah's case, he was only 25 years old.
Morris and the Roberts family didn't win the case. The court held that racial segregation of public schools was permitted under the United States Constitution. Massachusetts had one of the most influential state supreme courts in the country, and this ruling established a precedent that state supreme courts in the South quickly adopted. Almost fifty years later, in the infamous case of Plessy versus Ferguson, the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation and the doctrine of “separate but equal." They cited Sarah's case as precedent.
The Roberts family may have lost their legal challenge, but their efforts anticipated the successful struggle for civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s. More than a century later, "separate but equal" schooling would be declared unconstitutional in the case of Brown v. Board of Education. 
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