Looking back at Black History Month and BSU events


Aleiya Hardy , Politics Editor

Black History Month, held every February, pays tribute to all past and present prominent figures who fought adversity and racism to accomplish greatness that has left an everlasting impact on the Black community and the world. This month celebrates and highlights Black excellency, joy, and pride. 

This year was no different. Black History Month was recognized and honored. 2023’s theme focused on the importance of Black Resistance which was meant to traverse how Black people have resisted both historic and continuing oppression, in all aspects. This is all meant to convey the idea that no matter the persecution being brought upon the community, Black people continue to overcome and use the resources presented to them to innovate and prosper. 

Black History Month can be celebrated in many different ways. Some choose to support black-owned businesses, educate oneself about black figures and their contributions, visit African American and other Black museums or attend virtual or in-person events. Here at Enochs High School, our Black Student Union dedicated their time to bring awareness about the month and commemorate it in their own special way. 

In the MPR every Friday the BSU held activities and performances. They had poems presented from Freedom Writers and others’ own personal poems. They held a raffle and games which were all about Black history and BSU facts. If the student got the question right, they were given a lollipop and a ticket into their raffle. One of the members performed a traditional dance and it was shared that everyone enjoyed her performance. And last Friday they held a 90s/2000s black fashion show where some of the members and board displayed what was worn during the time. 

“It was truly something magical to watch.” Kiah Bonander, the BSU President stated. “I give props and thanks to everyone who participated and took the courage to be on that stage.”

Their first Vice President, Maya Kirk, also explained that they had hopes of educating the school and they believe they were successful in getting people’s attention and spreading information. For instance, the BSU’s officers would be present during the morning announcements every Thursday and shared one important figure in Black History each week. “This was a way for us to insure people were hearing about black stories that weren’t taught in class.” Kirk continued and stated that a lot of times the history we are being taught in school doesn’t shine light on all the accomplishments and contributions Black people have had in this country. “This month we made sure that people would hear these great stories that weren’t shared.”

The BSU also made it clear that Black History Month is important to celebrate, especially at school. Second Vice President Lyric Lubin communicated that because not everyone comes from a background or home where Black History and innovation is taught, knowing about not only one’s own culture but others makes a person vulnerable and have more knowledge about the world around them. “BSU tries to teach and educate because the school doesn’t. It’s also important to recognize the history of people that have been oppressed for so long that history doesn’t repeat itself.”  

To BSU, Black History Month is an important month where they are able to showcase and appreciate Black excellence and history. “It’s really important to look back on century changing events that shaped who we are now,” Danielle Warburton, BSU Treasurer stated. 

As the month comes to an end it is clear that a multitude of Black History was shared and celebrated through all kinds of mediums in plenty of different environments. Organizations and groups like our BSU on campus worked hard to ensure the month was celebrated right. Though everyone bids farewell to this important time, those will continue to acknowledge Black history and the black icons throughout time.