Hillsboro IB World High school celebrates African American History month with song and spoken word
Hillsboro IB World High School celebrated Black History Month with two days of performances by the Hillsboro Singers and other students who wanted to participate in a celebration with significant cultural importance.
In addition to the two performances, African Americans were recognized each morning through inspirational quotes.
Black History Month is an annual, month-long celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history
Led by Choral advisor, Janelle Ganske, nearly 50 students worked in class and after school to present a program of reflection and celebration for the entire school population.
Students performed for a 45 minutes show that focused on traditional and culturally important African American song with a few easily recognized modern tunes.
Each performance was a moving tribute of song and spoken word that recognized historical impact of contributions of African Americans through spirituals, modern performers and praise hymns.
The performing students sang these songs:
Down to the river to pray – transcribed by native Nashvillian, , George H. Allan and published in the Slave Songbook of 1867
Jordan’s Angels Gospel Spiritual by Rollo Dilworth
How Great Thou Art – Hymn by Carl Boeburg
(You Make me Feel like a )Natural Woman – Co-written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King; popularized by Aretha Franklin
Fever – Co-written by Eddie Cooley; John Davenport (pseudonym for Otis Blackwell; Original recording Little Willie John
At Last – Co-written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren; original recording the Glenn Miller Band; popularized by Etta James
Change is Gonna Come – Written and performed by Sam Cooke
My Black Is – Spoken word written and performed by senior, Caleb Ellis
Find the Cost of Freedom – written by Stephen Stills and originally performed by David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash
Heaven Help Us All – Written by Ron Miller; originally performed by Stevie Wonder
Total Praise – Gospel praise song written by Steven Smallwood
For Every Mountain – Written and originally performed by Kurt Carr
It Is Well – Hymn written by Horatio Stafford; music composed by Philip Bliss.
Better Is One Day (IF TIME) – Praise song written and performed by matt Redmon
The Color Purple – From the musical, The Color Purple; Based on novel of same name by Marsha Norman; music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.