Celebrating Black History at Gahr High

  • April 29, 2022

“All great achievements take time” - Maya Angelou. This inspirational quote was on one of the many uplifting posters hung up around campus related to Black History Month. Members of ASB have been creating and hanging up posters to influence students to learn more about black history and the trailblazers that have contributed to ending racism and discrimination, like Maya Angelou. What are some things students are doing to celebrate and appreciate African American trailblazers during Black History Month?

 

To begin, on Friday, February 4th, some members of ASB held a Black History Month lunch rally to acknowledge successful African Americans who contributed research and ideas that have greatly impacted how we all live today. At the rally, ASB’s Commissioners of Music played songs by African

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American artists. One Commissioner of Music, Mikai Grier, commented, “It’s important to highlight black artists during this month to emphasize how much influence black culture has on the music industry. You can see a taste of black culture in different music genres here and there”. Different aspects of African American culture have had a huge influence on different industries today, and learning more about African American artists or music is one thing you can do to educate yourself about Black culture and history. 

 

On top of the Black History Month rally run by ASB, members of Black Student Union, also known as BSU, have been orchestrating Spirit Days and lunch events to interest students in African American styles and culture. On social media platforms like Instagram, BSU publicized Black History Month by encouraging students to “tag” other black athletes here at Gahr in their posts. In regards to the effect BSU’s efforts have had on African American students, Class of 2024 Vice President Salome Agbaroji stated, “I absolutely loved the BSU rally. I felt so seen and represented when we were able to dance to OUR music. Music has always been such a huge part of black culture everywhere: our values, our struggles, our joy, our pain are in these songs. For everyone to see that was very powerful.”

 

Though February is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean you should stop celebrating and learning about Black History. You can educate yourself on African American culture by researching trailblazers, learning more about African American artists or celebrities,, and/or talking to your African American friends about their culture, traditions, and experiences. Change the narrative from discrimination to diversity.