Statement Regarding Recent Times (June 9, 2020)
In recent times, we have been painfully reminded of the injustices that exist in our world. From devastating incidents such as the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others, it is clear that there remains a fundamental racial injustice and a persistent racial division that threatens our society.
We grieve for those whose lives were unjustly cut short due to police brutality and racism and the communities that mourn their loss, and we demand justice. We condemn the discriminatory and abhorrent actions of police against these and other Black and brown citizens. We acknowledge that these acts are not isolated incidents, and we believe that we must unite to fight against such injustices.
As a student group, committed to the uplifting of black students, inclusion and social justice, Fenwick High School’s Black Student Union encourages us all to examine our country, our community and ourselves, and learn from these horrific tragedies. More specifically, demand accountability where there is injustice and discrimination against black and brown people. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter in neighboring schools, other high schools and universities across our country and movements across the world. Black Lives Matter amongst our members of Black Student Union. Black lives are human lives and are precious like all others.
Now is not the time to look away, nor passively address the blatant evil and discrimination we see around our country. Now is the time to acknowledge what is happening in our country and purposefully work to make it better. Eradicate racism and discrimination in our country. We can begin by addressing issues in our own school.
As a student body, we must all actively join together to help combat systems of oppression for minority students. It is well within our responsibility to support and advocate for our peers when systems have continuously failed them. If we choose to remain silent and complicit in this ongoing battle against racism, we choose to side with these oppressive forces.
This year, we will tackle more of these societal issues in conversation and those that are present here within the walls of our Fenwick High School.
As students of a Catholic high school, we appreciate Fenwick’s effort to stand in solidarity with the Black student community with prayer and the formation of a committee to study the Fenwick academic/social environment. However, beyond prayer and more conversation, Fenwick has an absolute obligation to take concrete steps toward equality within the Fenwick community.
Black Student Union
Fenwick High School’s Black Student Union, BSU, is organized exclusively to create more diverse activities for the student body, raise cultural awareness, education and a new level of consciousness about being Black in today’s society. BSU is committed to intellectual, cultural, social and ethnic diversity.
The vision of BSU is to provide Black students with peer support during their high school years at Fenwick High School; encourage Black students to pursue their goals of college enrollment at the universities they want to attend, foster a mentoring program for students entering as freshmen, maximize the participation of Black Student Union in the Fenwick Community and at Fenwick sponsored events, and provide youth outreach and increase recruitment efforts to predominantly Black middle schools and grade schools and neighborhoods surrounding Fenwick High School.
What We Do
Fenwick’s High School’s BSU inclusively works to bring cultural awareness and positive racial relations by promoting a mutual respect for all cultures. BSU will provide panel discussions, guest speakers, and community service opportunities. BSU is open to all students, regardless of racial or cultural differences. BSU welcomes diversity as it provides a table for rich discussion, understanding and acceptance.
BSU is student governed with faculty supervision and sponsorship. An annual membership of $25.00 is collected to provide an operational budget used to support the activities of the club. New members are welcome at any time throughout the school year.
Black History Month
College and university visitors
Middle school mentoring
Awareness programs during Black History Month
President: Brandon Wilson, 2020
Vice President: Vaughn Bledsoe, 2021
Secretary: Shanell Pigram, 2020
Events Chair: Michaela Bailey, 2020