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The arrival of February marks the beginning of Black History Month. Every year, four weeks are used to mark the accomplishments of African Americans in our nation’s history and celebrate Black culture. To delve into the attitudes of Edison’s student body toward the annual celebration, an interview with V (12) and Nia Day (9).

 

SR: What does Black History Month mean to you?

V: It’s a month of remembrance of what happened to African Americans back in history. Just remembering what happened; never forget.

 

SR: How is Black History Month celebrated at Edison, and is this enough?

V: Edison doesn’t really celebrate it. Like, we have a BSU [Black Student Union] club; they might have their own little thing, but as of right now, I don’t know what’s happening in that club. We don’t really celebrate it at all.. That’s the thing. Like there’s no… amphitheater event. They don’t do that.

 

SR: How do you propose it should be celebrated?

V: I think there should be, like, some performances. Maybe have a week of themed clothes, like for Homecoming, or a day of remembering MLK.

 

SR: Do you think your views are shared among Edison’s other Black students, or are they specific to you personally?

V: I think it’s a little more personal. What do you think? Should we do more for Black History Month?

ND: Yeah. I think it’s pretty important. Personally, I think every culture is important and we should celebrate all of them.

V: We already do the multicultural rally. Hispanic students have parades.

ND: We do have clubs that are more ethnicity-based. I go to BSU and we don’t usually talk about incorporating the club into more school activities. It’s very… void, in terms of conversations. People talk, but it’s like they’re talking just to talk.

 

On behalf of their community, V and Nia clearly both advocate for more extensive celebrations of Black culture and history during Black History Month.

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