A kindergarten class at Harlem Village Academy Charter school celebrates Women’s History Month with Columbia University Chaplain, Jewelnel Davis.

Distinguished as the first African-American female University Chaplain, Jewelnel Davis’s message to the students was about empowering the human spirit as an individual and as a group.

Students listened and provided sound effects with their instruments as Andria Stewart, read Lesa- Cline-Ransome’s lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, Before She Was Harriet. The story underscored the Chaplain’s evocative message of courage—“you can be the first of anything you want to be…”

The children gleefully enjoyed exploring the sounds of a variety of unique percussion instruments supplied by Chaplain Davis.

Keyboard accompaniment by OUC’s director of Sacred Music, Ishmael Wallace.