BSM hosts speakers to recognize Black History Month


Zach Zemen

T. Mychael Rambo came and spoke about the importance of Black History Month.

Sarah Hansberry , Staff Writer

In celebration of Black History Month, musicians Ms. Anita Ruth and Mr. T. Mychael Rambo lead BSM’s student body in a song and poetry spectacular. The inspiring performance, that took place on February 22,  showcased their unmatched talent and passion for influencing others with African American words and music.

Ruth has been involved in the Twin Cities theatrical and musical scenes for over 35 years, directing shows at the Chanhassen dinner theater as well as the Children’s Theatre Company. She has been involved with Project Success, a local non-profit organization that helps inner-city students achieve their dreams.

Likewise, Rambo is an actor and vocalist who has served as coordinator at the University of Minnesota School of Theatre Arts and Dance. He has appeared in several shows at venues such as the Minnesota Opera and the Guthrie Theater.

Both artists were incredible, unique, and interesting, they had me on the edge of my seat.”

— Henry Bransford

The program, named Tracks of New Thinking, featured Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and several anthems sung by African slaves hundreds of years ago. Students learned about Spirituals, the songs that served as the only mode of communication for the slaves given the fact that they were banned from being able to learn how to read and write. Ruth and Rambo lead the student body in one of the most famous spirituals: “This Little Light of Mine,” and it was a hit. “I really enjoyed the music, the interaction between the talented musicians and the students was really cool,” sophomore Kelly Dempsey said.

The pair also performed a few slam poetry pieces written by Langston Hughes, carefully describing the intention behind each line. “Both artists were incredible, unique, and interesting, they had me on the edge of my seat,” senior Henry Bransford said.

One piece that was inspiring for students was the presentation of the poem, “I heard it on the bus one day,” a poem reflecting the life of civil rights activist Rosa Parks. “Rosa took a seat to make a stand, and we should too,”  Rambo said.

Overall, the BSM students responded very positively to the musical guests. They emphasized  the importance of Black History Month, not only to remind America of its dark past involving slavery, but also to showcase the brave men and women who fought to abolish it. “I left the assembly feeling rejuvenated and inspired,” senior Eric Weber said.