Godby High chorus honors Black History Month at Capitol Museum

Published: Feb. 27, 2019 at 4:29 PM EST
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By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News

February 27, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Singing rang through the Florida Historic Capitol Museum Wednesday morning as the Godby High School chorus filled the building with songs written and inspired by African Americans. The performance was in honor of Black History Month.

The chorus performed seven songs. Before each song, a student read about the origin of the song and its significance to African American history.

Krystena Hutchins, the chorus teacher and a history teacher at Godby High, says putting on a performance honoring Black History Month combines her two passions.

"It's important to know where these songs come from. If you were to hear the instrumentals, a lot of the instrumental pieces were put into other songs," said Hutchins. "A lot of music is recycled, so it's good to know where it originates from, especially being a black woman, it's good to know where my roots come from in music, and there's lots of composers, as well of a lot of instrumentalists who are African Americans as well."

For the chorus students, the performance was a chance to learn more and educate others about history.

"They love performing in public, so I try to get them out as much as possible, and they love coming to the capitol because they love this echo in here," said Hutchins.

The Godby High School chorus and the rest of their performing arts department will host the Power of the Black Artist concert Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Godby High School auditorium.