Black Student Union took the key focus of what Atholton is all about and projected that onto the stage in this year’s BSU assembly. The assembly involved music, spoken words, dance performances, and dialogue by a combination of students in the club.
BSU is “a club where black students or really any students can come together to celebrate black culture and be themselves. It’s a safe space for black students at Atholton,” said BSU Vice President, Naomi Washington.
The students projected their feelings onto the stage about racial issues they deal with and showed the community how a group of 40 students can join together to deliver a meaningful message.
Aside from their annual February Black History Month assembly, BSU took a field trip to Morgan State University and hosted a movie night in Atholton’s auditorium earlier this school year. Black Student Union is mostly run by the students with the help of their sponsor, Ms. Linda Petty and soon-to-be sponsor, Mr. Robert Thompson.
The assembly brought up the idea that African Americans from Atholton High School and students from around the country can achieve their goals at Historically Black Colleges and Universities; from Morehouse College in Georgia all the way to Howard University here in Washington D.C.
One highlight of the show was the spoken word by Maya Lampkins that begun with a quote from Coretta Scott King. She revealed that the quote does not apply to African Americans in America, especially females. The speech brought everyone together to acknowledge the trials and tribulations of African Americans in the United States and how we as a collective can strive to better the future for the lives of millions of Americans.
Both assemblies brought bright eyes to the stage and shined a special light on the African Americans of Atholton. Desmon Craig, a senior at Atholton and a member of BSU for the past 2 years stated, “It was fun to put together. It meant a lot being my last year.”