Experiencing Segregation–Performing on the Chitlin’ Circuit
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: Musician Bobby Rush shares what it was like to perform on the Chitlin’ Circuit.

Type of Video: Program*
Unique Video ID: DMusic-31**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Mr. Rush shares how he expresses his emotions and responses to the world in this video. Ask students to watch closely and note how and when he does this.
  • Why was there a Chitlin’ Circuit in the first place? Students can research that era and compare/contrast the lives of musicians in the 2020’s.
  • Are there other Blue’s musicians who made their mark during the era discussed in the video? Biographical research should turn up some famous names.


*Programs offer long form exploration of a topic(s) in the area of study with single or multiple guests interacting with an audience.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.