Black Student Union collaborates with the City of Walnut for Black History Month

BSU president Bradley Adams records videos for the Black History Month partnership between BSU and the City of Walnut.

The Black Student Union (BSU) and the Digital Video Production class collaborated with the City of Walnut to produce and share a video series promoting Black History Month starting on Monday, Feb. 1.

The series, The Black Experience in America, covers various topics about black history, including Black figures, culture and historical events. The videos are released daily until Sunday, Feb. 28 and can be found on the City of Walnut website. 

“It’s very important to teach black history and have students understand their own heritage because in the past it was pretty much erased,” Digital Video Production student freshman Marissa Alejo said. “This culture that Black Americans have created is a very strong and prominent part of the U.S. today.”

Digital Video Production teacher Karen Alorro, initially reached out to BSU presidents junior Bradley Adams and junior Ava Montgomery to take part in an introductory video to Black History Month.

“I was happy that I was really able to show the entire city of Walnut [something like this], because this is the first time that we are doing this in this community,” Adams said. “I thought that it was cool to be a part of and be able to help other people learn about Black history. It’s really interesting that they saw Ava and I as people they would want to collaborate with.”

Each student in the Digital Video Production class created a video as a project, 18 of them being selected for showing on the city’s social media platforms. The other 10 were narrated by community leaders, including Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor, and edited by students. This collaboration is the first of its kind for Black History Month.

“We were all very excited that we were able to share [the videos] with the community,” Alejo said. “[I enjoyed] working with the rest of the videography class, learning about these topics and being able to share these topics with people in the school and the community.”

By Ethan Park, Staff writer
Photo by Elise Pabon