Led by the school’s Black Student Union, Burnsville High School students presented a Black History Month Student Showcase today for classmates and staff members. On the Mraz Center stage, students performed songs, dance, rap, poetry, an original skit and even beat box to celebrate black culture and highlight issues important to African Americans. In addition, students shared information about black leaders, artists and icons including Maya Angelou, Angela Davis, Malcom X, Nelson Mandela and Michelle Obama.
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This story appeared in the Savage Pacer on Feb. 22, 2018 - Photo by Britt Johnsen, Savage Pacer
When Jasmine Buckner first arrived at Burnsville High School from New York City, she felt alone.
Not only is she not from Minnesota, but she is also black. The school has an image of seeming diverse and inclusive, she said, but she didn’t feel included.
“I didn’t feel welcome at all,” said Buckner, a senior at the high school and a vice president of the school’s brand-new Black Student Union. “Even the students are not inclusive.”