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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Taylor Thomas is the local Morning News Anchor for the Steve Harvey Morning Show on 96.3 WHUR. You can also see her on Wednesday’s on NBC 4 at 4:30 for WHUR’s “Talk Around Town”. Taylor is a veteran news journalist with over 20 years of experience delivering news that matters. In 2006, Taylor Thomas joined the Award Winning WHUR News Department. She wears several hats at WHUR including producer/host of “Let’s Talk Money” on WHUR World HD2 and host of “PML- People, Money & Life on WHUR Voices Sirius XM Channel 141. Taylor grew up in a military family and calls Great Britain (where her mother is from) and the Philippines home. Taylor Thomas is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication with a minor in Radio, Television, and Film. She is dedicated to uplifting and educating others about health, money and social issues.

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