Here at Southeast High School in 2020, this is our first year having a black history club, called ASÉ. ASÉ is about making black history a fun and learning experience for all students that attend Southeast Highschool. ASÉ is Sponsored by Monica Walls, and led by the president Kenya Apongule ASÉ is a student ran club.
During the month of February ASÉ does quite a bit of events. This year the events they have done for Black History Month is; Black History facts everyday on the morning announcements, they’ve had door decorations around the school, black history movies, an assembly of celebration of Black culture, and we annually ended the month with a Black taste where this year ASÉ helped serve soul food at both lunch periods and throws a dance party.
For three years our school has done door decorations. Whoevers classroom participates in decorating their door with something about black history, automatically enters the competition of who has the best decoration. To have the best door your door must have creativity, neatness, and good content ( did you learn anything from it). This years winner was Mr. Latif, her door is about and called “Black Literary Movement Although History” with black poets and authors.
With this year being ASÉ’s first year being a school club, members from the group seem passionate and take a lot of pride in Black history. President and senior, Kenya Appongulae, gave insight into the club’s first year.
She said, “I like the idea of the Black history group because it promotes the diversity and inclusion that is needed in the community at SSHS. Black students aren’t always presented in a good light and are often given negative stereotypes that leave a bad image on their reputation. Celebrating Black history throughout the school year is important because it shows Black students that their culture matters and is important at Southeast. To see so many teachers and administration getting involved with the activities throughout the month of April makes me really proud because it shows that our school can come together and celebrate black history, regardless of race.”
Kenya’s pride, explanation, and passion is shared amongst many students attending Southeast. The club’s success comes from the strong enthusiasm of the club and the interesting activities they host. Students across all grades are part of the club, and Freshman, Taccorri Williams was able to contribute to ASE this year as the secretary of the club. This was a great first-year experience for the Freshmen. She explained that it was, “…fun being a part of ASÉ. And, being a part of ASÉ is something you can be proud of; you get opportunities and chances to get your name out there.”
According to Williams and Apongule, this is a great club for Spartans to join, so if you are wanting to get involved for the next school-year, find one of the ASE members to talk about. You better find Kenya before the school year is over because she will be graduating in May. We want to thank her for her hard work, didcation, and passion for enriching the lives of Southeast’s students.
She wanted the student body to know, “I’m very honored to be President of Ase for the 2020-2021 school year. I have been able to talk to people I’ve never communicated with while also being able to express my love and appreciation for Black people and black culture. I believe we’ve been able to bring a positive change to Southeast this year and I’m excited to see what the future holds for Ase after I graduate.”