Bishop McNamara Students Highlight Harriet Tubman On Stage

Students at Bishop McNamara High School (BMHS) gave WHUR’s Taylor Thomas a sneak peak of their upcoming performance of “Harriet and the Underground.” The school’s African Music and Dance Troupe “Sankofa” are getting set for a big performance Saturday, July 8th at the historic Warner Theatre. This dance theatre celebration will feature African and Modern Dance, live music and drumming, along with cutting-edge technology to tell the story of Ms. Tubman’s unparalleled life.  Known as the “Moses of her people,” Harriet Tubman was a former slave who escaped to freedom and then helped others do the same, as a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad. From her tumultuous years as a slave, to her famous escape from the plantation and her return to save others, to her exploits during the Civil War and beyond.

Miss Nia Hayes, third-year Sankofa dancer and BMHS rising senior, plays Harriet Tubman in the production.  “I’m deeply honored and moved by the opportunity to play the role of such an amazing woman in our nation’s history,” said Hayes.

“For decades, we have read the monumental story of Harriet Tubman,” said Victor Bah, Director of the BMHS African Dance and Sankofa Program.  “Now, attendees have an opportunity to experience the highs and lows of her life through the extraordinary talents of our young people.”

Tickets for “Harriet and the Underground” are on sale now and may be purchased at


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Growing up in a military family, Taylor Thomas lived overseas until she was 16 years old. She called places such as Great Britain and the Philippines home. For a time, Taylor even spoke with a British accent. Well now she resides in the DC area and for the past three years has worked as the news anchor for The Steve Harvey Morning Show on WHUR. Recently, Taylor has adopted the Washington Redskins as her most loved pro sports team.

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