BSU Assembly a Success
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On March 2 during fifth period, the BSU club held an assembly in honor of Black History Month in the West Gym. During the assembly the participants played videos, read their own original poems, sang, danced and acted showing the different talents members of the BSU club possess.
“My role was to act out an original skit that was written by Thabiso Moroke,” says Senior Jordan West ” I am most proud of how well all of the acts performed. BSU isn’t only a club, it’s a family as well.”
“The message I was trying to get across was that there’s more to life than rapping and to basically be the outlier to a foolish stereotype,” says Thabiso Moroke ” Black people only see a few ways of living and I wanted to emphasize the idea that there’s a whole world of opportunities that you can take advantage of.”
Sponsors Cameron Davis, Traci Thrasher, Eleanor Walker and Mokonen Tesfom spent hours of their time setting up the event The participants also had to miss classes in order to practice and prepare for the assembly.
“My role was to introduce and host the entire event,” says Junior Justin Cauley ” I wish people knew how much time it took to memorize the lines and I wish they knew about all the last minute changes and editing we had to disregard and still perform to the best of our ability.”
When asked what she hoped students would take away from the assembly, Eleanor Walker said ” [the] diversity and the ability to work together, learn, understand and accept new opportunities in learning.”
At the beginning of the assembly, they stated what colleges some of the club members have been accepted to, showing their accomplishments.
They then transitioned into videos claiming that labels cannot define people and cannot separate people from each other. The maker of “I am NOT Black, You are NOT White”, Prince Ea states that you are not defined by the race you are born with and you shouldn’t be defined by how society perceives you.
Students even read poems they wrote themselves. One poem was about being black and beautiful.
“I was a poet in the assembly . My poem was about being black and beautiful. I’m glad it ran smoothly and that students got positives out of it. [The assembly] got people talking,” says Junior Shara Wade.
A few girls performed a dance and were in sync.
Songs such as Listen by Beyoncé were sung beautifully. Some of the songs were sung as a group and others individually.
“I’m most proud about everyone putting their pride aside and [that] just made the assembly great,” says senior I’sis Wych,” the singing was my favorite and all the talent being expressed.”