"Black Power simply means: Look at me, I’m here. I have dignity. I have pride. I have roots. I insist, I demand that I participate in those decisions that affect my life and the lives of my children. It means that I am somebody."
- Whitney M Young.
MHS is a screened school which prides itself on it's rigorous academic standards and diverse community. 3 years ago, a small group of students came together to start The MBHS Black Student Union as they saw a need to build cultural and social awareness and create a space where students could express themselves. Historically, BSU sought to be an advocacy base to fight for equal rights in the times of civil unrest especially as colleges were beginning to diversify; to unite a people by developing a national consciousness around the notion of Black or Blackness or the validity of Blackness; and to uplift the culture, intellect, passion, and spirit of Black people. Today, through a celebration of culture and history, the MBHS BSU strives to help students of all backgrounds continue that mission. It is through the understanding of differences that we can all come together for a common goal.
One of the goals of BSU is to form workshops in school to educate students on Black culture, social issues and build an inclusive school community. One of the ways in which we hope to accomplish this is by researching our culture.
In this inaugural year of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we were able to get tickets to visit on the weekend of March 17-19.
However, we need help obtaining transportation and accommodation so as to not make this trip burdensome to our students and their families.
Our students feel this is important as they enter the world to be able to form a solid foundation of their culture, history and place in America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture would give students the opportunity to establish this foundation and see themselves represented through the various artifacts on display. They also hope to further venture into learning about their original roots in Africa beyond what is taught in classrooms to learn different perspectives. In viewing this historical monument, they feel that they will pay tribute to the many years of struggle for equal rights and cultural acknowledgement of African Americans.
If we are able to raise these funds, it would be an incredible honor to be a part of history. Students will receive an experience that will benefit their sense of self and identity, and will be able to utilize this knowledge to benefit their peers and society at large.
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