By Ariana Sanchez and Gabriela Aguirre
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the Martin Luther King High School Black Student Union (BSU), led by Mrs. Lea, hosted its annual Unity Luncheon. The event was held in the MPR.
Students who had participated in the Thanksgiving food drive, along with the cultural clubs on campus were treated to long buffet tables filled with rainbow-themed sweets from GSA, homemade Gumbo made by Mrs. Lea, authentic tacos by MECHA, and ‘Otai from the Polynesian club, just to name a few of the many delicious dishes.
With nearly 300 guests in attendance, Mrs. Lea kicked things off. With both an authoritative yet gently and tearful voice, she gave a moving speech about the opening of Martin Luther King High School and her own son’s struggles with racism and prejudice.
This was followed by words of inspiration by Chanel Hamilton, the current president of BSU.
NJROTC then presented the flags, accompanied by a student singing of the national anthem. Martin Luther King High School’s choir also joined in the festivities with a few songs.
Before opening the lines to eat, each of the club president’s stood and recited a quote they had specifically chosen for the event.
Though the lines were long, it was truly a place of acceptance. The event closed with a performance by the Polynesian club.
Thanks to Mrs. Lea and BSU the Unity Luncheon gets bigger and bigger every year, helping to expand the unity of the Martin Luther King High School student body.