ValLimar Jansen Educates & Celebrates Black History Month at Hill-Murray
Professional recording artist ValLimar Jansen delivered a truly entertaining, engaging and inspiring history lesson for Hill-Murray students during Black History Month.
Jansen’s presentation, Six Black Catholics on the Road to Sainthood, focused on a half dozen of the most influential
men and women in the Catholic Church, including Mother Mary Lange, who opened the first catholic school for black students in Baltimore, MD, and John Augustus Tolton, the first black priest in the United States.
Not only does Jansen want students to learn the important contributions of black pioneers to the Catholic faith, she hopes young people emulate their values and learn that rejection and racism should not be barriers. They can be overcome.
Jansen’s presentation is really more of an interactive performance. She weaves in music and encourages students to dance as she retells history.
“They don’t know that I’m doing a left brain, right brain thing, so I’m engaging both sides of their brains at the same time,” Jansen says with a laugh. “I want to make it so fun that they leave here and immediately Google the people I’m telling them about.”
Jansen tours regionally, nationally and internationally as an inspirational speaker, a storyteller, a psalmist, a song leader, a principal vocalist, and an emcee.
Click here to watch the presentation.
For more about her, visit her website.