BSU highlights need for representation in high school


Earl Kwofie

Members of BSU attended the Belmont City Council last year, receiving a proclamation for Black History Month from the members of City Council.

Victoria Valle Remond, Staff Writer

Black Student Union (BSU) believes that representation is key to a vibrant and diverse high school experience.

BSU is a club focused on African-American culture, heritage, and activism, with members ranging from freshmen to seniors.

“I joined BSU as a freshman in the hopes of making some friends and having great discussions about black culture today and the historical context on my heritage,” said Earl Kwofie, a senior and current club president.

BSU activities include fundraising, participating in Carlmont’s annual Heritage Fair and Fortifying Bridges, as well as leading discussions on current issues and how they affect the black community. 

Members of BSU feel strongly about the importance of having representation in schools and how it helps include many perspectives. 

“Representation in schools makes sure that no voice goes unheard,” said Reign Miller, a sophomore. “If certain people are not represented as much as others, the school community will not progress and not everyone’s input will be received.”

The club also provides the opportunity for students to be activists and feel they have a voice within their high school, no matter how small the community may be.

“In the Peninsula, there aren’t as many black people compared to other places and schools, so I feel like our job in the black community right now is to make sure that our culture and our point of view is heard, especially in our current political state when we are being silenced by others,” said sophomore Janelle Kwofie.

BSU also focuses on shattering stereotypes and embracing different points of view.

“We are trying to encourage that there isn’t one type of black person; there isn’t one generic political view that applies to all black people,” said Janelle Kwofie. 

This mindset makes mixed black people such as Miller feel that their role in the community is equally important.

“I am only half black, and really wanted to support the people of color that I consider myself a part of,” said Miller.

Overall, BSU provides its members with a way to be active in their community through a school environment. 

“Whether it’s tutoring, research, or student government, doing what you love passionately is being active in your community,” said Earl Kwofie.

For members of BSU, being involved in their community also means being a part of issues on a larger scale.

“Being an active member involves being a part of something bigger than yourself and trying to change the way people view the world, no matter where you are,” said Miller. “If you are not involved, how do you expect anything to change?”

BSU meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month in D16.

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