Booker T Washington Museum

Submit Audition/Proposal on this Project
Rate this Project

Project Main Details

Booker T Washington Museum 
Use: Booker T. Washington Museum, NPS

This is a speech given by Booker T Washington for a museum exhibit. Auditions would be for mature African American males. It takes place in the late 1850s, early 1860s at the dawn of the Civil War. This is to be delivered with sincerity and boldness with which he spoke as an educator and orator and an African American Civil Rights leader.

Please read BOOKER T WASHINGTON lines only. Please pronounce lines with correct Booker T. Washington's strong, mature voice. Also keep in mind the tone of the delivery, and the age of your character.

Thank you! We look forward to hearing your record!
2013-04-03 14:30:02 GMT
2013-04-08 09:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
Yes (click here to learn more about Voice123's SmartCast)
0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.

Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Fixed - USD 150
2:40 min
English - USA and Canada
Mature African American man, powerful voice, Southern
Middle Age Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email OR
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
• Deliver edited and finished voice tracks
Not defined
This is a non-union project

Script Details

Please read BOOKER T WASHINGTON lines only. Please pronounce lines with correct Booker T. Washington's strong, mature voice. Also keep in mind the tone of the delivery, and the age of your character.  
Emancipation Audio

RT: 2:40

Looking through this window, near the kitchen and slave cabins, you can see the stones of the “big house”. This was where the Burroughs family lived… the family who owned this plantation and the enslaved people who lived and worked here. Their house was also the site of emancipation.

Booker T. Washington
Finally the war closed, and the day of freedom came. It was a momentous and eventful day to all upon our plantation. We had been expecting it. Freedom was in the air, and had been for months.

The “grape-vine telegraph” was kept busy night and day. The news and mutterings of great events were swiftly carried from one plantation to another.

As the great day drew nearer, there was more singing in the slave quarters than usual. It was bolder, had more ring, and lasted later into the night. Most of the verses of the plantation songs had some reference to freedom. True, they had sung those same verses before, but they had been careful to explain that the “freedom” in these songs referred to the next world, and had no connection with life in this world. Now they gradually threw off the mask, and were not afraid to let it be known that the “freedom” in their songs meant freedom of the body in this world.

Word was sent to all the slaves, old and young, to gather at the house. In company with my mother, brother, and sister, and a large number of other slaves, I went to the master’s house. All of our master’s family were either standing or seated on the veranda of the house. There was a feeling of deep interest or perhaps sadness, on their faces, but not bitterness.

Some man who seemed to be a stranger (a United States officer, I presume) made a little speech and then read a rather long paper – the Emancipation Proclamation, I think. After the reading, we were told that we were all free, and could go when and where we pleased. My mother, who was standing by my side, leaned over and kissed her children, while tears of joy ran down her cheeks. She explained to us what this all meant, that this was the day for which she had so long been praying, but fearing that she would never live to see.

The wild rejoicing on the part of the emancipated colored people lasted but for a brief period, for I noticed that by the time they returned to their cabins there was a change in their feelings.

To some it seemed that, now that they were in actual possession of it, freedom was a more serious thing than they had expected to find it. 
Please note that you should only use the script or your recording of it for auditioning purposes. The script is property, unless otherwise specified, of the voice seeker and it is protected by international copyright laws.

Voice-Seeker Details

Sign in to display the company name (if applicable)


Voice123 Team Comments

Voice123 consultations with this voice seeker regarding this project and/or other projects by this voice seeker, via phone, chat, and/or email.

unchecked This project - phone.

unchecked Previous projects - phone.

unchecked This project - email or chat.

unchecked Previous projects - email or chat.

checked Corporate web site for this voice-seeker confirmed by Voice123

Note: Voice123 strives to establish the legitimacy of all projects posted. However, Voice123 subscribers and users are responsible for confirming information stated by prospective voice seekers, agents and/or clients. Voice123 subscribers and users assume all liability for use of any information found through Voice123, or any of its publications.

This page contains the most important details of this project. If you find the information on this project inaccurate or inappropriate, please let us know by contacting us.

Submit Audition/Proposal on this Project