BCA: Till Earth and Heaven Ring
By: Faith Griggs
On Friday the 6th, the Black Cultural Awareness club (BCA) held the annual Black History month assembly. For those who missed it, the assembly was a mix of different forms of expression key to black culture. There were several speakers, all HB students, who spoke on topics varying from police brutality to the importance of dance, music, and poetry. Niasha Whitfield, class of ’15, performed her own choreography to the song “A Change is Gonna Come.” Kasey Gill lent her voice to express the sorrow behind “Strange Fruit,” as an equally powerful PowerPoint played in the background. A group of BCA members recited Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” with raised Black Power fists at the final echoing of last few lines. The assembly ended with three songs from a guest choir, who were surprisingly young (the majority were freshmen) yet incredibly compelling in their melodies. All in all, the assembly was a success, and BCA members heard plenty of praise throughout the rest of the day.
BCA members who performed had a great time coming together putting their talents together to create the assembly. This month is (obviously) very important to us and we wanted to do the best we could to relay our experiences, thoughts, and history. Occasionally, we hear comments like “why do we need a Black History month?” which can be incredibly disheartening. For us, February is the only time when we are encouraged by the school system to research our history. Considering that what we learn in the official curriculum either glosses over or completely ignores critical events in our past, this month is a boost to our morale. Members of BCA had been thoroughly discussing how the assembly would be arranged in the light of the publicized cases of police brutality, the passing of Trayvon Martin’s unjust death, and MLK’s birthday. We wanted to find the best way to relay our feelings as black girls in our community to the rest of the school.
For everyone who attended the assembly, I hope something made you think. If race isn’t a big deal to you, critically think about why that is. Question what you automatically brush off as irrelevant or unimportant, as that “nonissue” for you might greatly affect someone else. As the generation with the greatest access to information and varying anecdotes, a simple Google search can change your whole outlook on how we interact with race in our society.