Talented musicians create fantastic tribute for Black History month

Students at Ormiston SWB Academy in Bilston marked Black History Month in October by creating a powerful music video and expressing themselves through music and poetry.

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During the summer term, Year 8 students at the academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), were given the task of creating a song, rap, or poem about the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on the world. One of the songs they created, I Have a Dream, has now been turned into a professionally produced music video, as part of the academy’s Black History Month celebrations.

I Have a Dream was written by Ramandeep Boparai, composed by Phoebe Roberts, and performed by Phoebe Roberts and Lamaara Hughes-Watson, and uses a catchy tune and harmonic voices to relay a very important message.

The song focuses on Dr King’s message of using love to drive away hate. The girls were particularly moved by Dr King’s words to Judge others by the content of their character, not the colour of their skin, in his famous I Have a Dream speech.

This moving song, and the effort the girls put into it, is just one example of how OAT encourages all of its academies to inspire students to develop their skills, talents and character through a whole range of out-of-classroom and extracurricular activities. OAT does this through their Enrichment Charter, a policy which creates opportunities in all of its academies to build and nurture social and cultural capital and enrich the lives of its students.  

Phoebe Roberts, composer of I Have a Dream said:

"I’m so proud of the work we have produced as a team and the significance of the message around Black History Month. It’s very important that we never lose sight of Dr King’s inspirational message on equality, which still remains highly relevant and moving today."

Kerry Inscker, Principal at Ormiston SWB Academy, said:

"With Black History Month now upon us, we couldn't think of a better way to express our appreciation as a body of staff and students for the work that has been carried out in the past towards equality.

"The girls promote a really moving message in their music about using love to drive out hate, and we as a school feel immensely proud of their work."

"We hope that this video has inspired all of our students – demonstrating what can be achieved when they work together and share their talents and expertise – as well as inspiring the wider local community with its powerful message."