BSU: Living the Legacy

Every year in February, the Black Student Union dazzles Enloe with a one-of-a-kind performance in honor of Black History Month. Directed by Moesha Johnson and BSU Adviser Ms.Taylor, the theme of this year’s program was “Living The Legacy.” 

Jordyn Shumpert, who played the Grandmother of sisters Kwani (Reagan Razon) and Imani (Mikayla Greene) in the program, spoke about the importance of the performance and celebrating Black History Month, as well as Black History in general.

“Living the legacy means living with the freedom that my foremothers and forefathers didn’t have. Black history is important to celebrate for me because it gives an opportunity for everyone to learn about our history and who was really fighting for us. Especially now with more people knowing about historical figures such as Marsha P. Johnson, James Baldwin, and Audre Lourde, it’s important to acknowledge all parts of our history, not just the ‘civil’ ones.” 

The show explores Black History through song, dance, and acting. BSU was accompanied by the Enloe Gospel Choir, S’Deca, Black Men United, and the Enloe Step Team to create one cohesive performance that celebrates history, culture, and black excellence. 

“It was a really fun experience, we all really came together and hyped each other up during our parts.” Shumpert said. 

The show was as entertaining as it is educational, with each song and dance packed with cultural and historical significance. “Classic Man” explored the Harlem Renaissance and the rise of black artists, musicians, poets, and intellectuals in New York in the 1920s, while “Grandma’s Hands” Showcased the importance of black women and the grandmother figure in the black community. From gospel to dancehall, traditional to contemporary, the performance was a unique blend of many time periods and movements associated with Black History.