The Black Student Union (BSU) is back on track at Albany High School and is looking to stay around for a long time. Senior president Cyrus Wofford has resurrected BSU along with his fellow vice presidents, seniors Amir Sudduth and DeAdrea Moore.
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The club’s leadership sees the potential of BSU and want it to be more than a club where students can talk and hang out. They want the club to be a resource where African American and other students can come if they need help with academics.
This club has experienced tremendous growth this year. From only ten members in the past, the BSU has reached nearly 55 members this year.
“In years past BSU has been mostly a joke club,” explained Wofford. Wofford said the club is changing its image by having regular meetings to discuss what they can do to help the community.
BSU has already made impact in the Albany community by helping out at the high school’s haunted house, “Town of Terror,” in October. Wofford said that the African American student body is under represented in Albany High School activities and efforts like this will help increase the recognition of African American students.
BSU is also planning a three-on-three basketball tournament to help raise funds so they can attend the United Black Student Unions of California Convention in Modesto, California in the spring. They are also planning other fundraisers in the future for club trips.
Wofford said that he wants to use this club to end negative stereotypes about African American students, including the stereotype that they are not academically strong. The club is working to end that stereotype by helping their fellow members with school work. The club provides a friendly and social tutoring environment where students can work as groups. The BSU also helps its members with college applications.
BSU leadership has already started thinking of the future. They have been inviting underclassmen to join the group so they can inspire them to keep the club going. They have also appointed an underclassmen, Briahna Jackson, as the treasurer so she can learn how to run the club. They have also started thinking about future events so next year BSU will have additional activities.
The BSU had some difficulties initially informing the Albany student body that BSU is for everyone, not only African American students. “You don’t have to be African American to join the club as long as you are trying to help and learn about the club you can join,” Wofford said. The club’s 50-some members represent the diversity of Albany High.
BSU meets every other Thursday in room 104.