Black Student Union hosts family night at Hiram Johnson
The Black Student Union (BSU) returned to Hiram Johnson this year with the goal of exposing African-American students and their families to more resources, supports and opportunities available to them in the community. In accordance with this goal, the BSU held its first annual Black Family Night at the school on February 27.
More than 200 students, parents and community members came out for the two-part event (a resource fair and an awards night).Twenty-three community based organizations and small black businesses met them with resources and services including free family and career counseling, healthy soulful cookbooks, tips on saving money on energy and cable bills, connections to black clubs at Sacramento State and free summer recreational camps.
Students also learned about internships and scholarships in a one-on-one setting with donors. Organizations in attendance included the National Society of Black Engineers, Sacramento City College, the National Coalition for 100 Black Women, the Oak Park Community Center and the Health Education Council Network for a Healthy California.
The second segment of Black Family Night was held in the cafeteria after the resource fair. Twenty-seven students who had been nominated by teachers received awards based on academic, athletic and behavioral achievements and improvements. In recognition of Black History Month, the awards were named in honor of historical figures, including Josephine Baker, Medgar Evers, Granville T. Woods, Cornel West, Dr. Ian Smith, Angela Davis, Raphael Warnock and Ida B. Wells. Awards were presented by Assistant Principal Al Rogers and Principal Felisberto Cedros.
The event was well-received by both parents and students, who celebrated with each other’s achievements.