On the Theater Scene
Strike a Meaningful Pose
Like the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899, today’s youth are out to improve the world.
Fighting for what you believe in can be a considerable feat, especially if you are part of the younger generation. Many are told they can’t make a difference due to their age, race, living conditions, and more, so rising above the naysayers takes courage and willpower in the face of various intimidating factors.
Around the country, we’re seeing a revival of young people who are taking charge and fighting for the change they want to see in the world. They aren’t concerned with the possibility of negative backlash; they have simply banded together to create an unstoppable force that demands attention.
The 119th anniversary of the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899 occurs in July and marks the event where young newsboys across New York City refused to distribute papers produced by Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World, and William Randolph Hearst, publisher of the Journal. The strike was due to the raised costs of a newsboy bundle of 100 newspapers from 50 cents to 60 cents, a price increase that at the time was offset by increased sales. The strike lasted from July 21st to August 2nd, and the newsboys were ultimately able to influence the publishers to buy back all unsold papers, leading to an improved quality of life for existing as well as future newsboys.
The story of the Newsboys’ Strike and their fight to be heard can be applied to the culture we live in today and the story of our youth, as they strive for change across the world. The powerful marches and campaigns that make front-page news every day are empowering, and beg the question, “How can we each seize the day and make a difference in our own community?”
For inspiration, consider attending the North Carolina Theatre’s production of the hit Broadway musical, Disney’s Newsies, which is based on the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899 and will run July 24th to 29th at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Visit nctheatre.com to purchase tickets.