By Jessica Lipman
What is a better way to spend your Thursday night than learning about different cultures and important issues, playing games, and eating a diverse variety of cultural treats? On November 9th, Glenelg High School’s Black Student Union and the International Cultural Club spent the night inviting the entire school to enjoy a fun filled night of celebrating the clubs.
In the beginning of the night, officers from the BSU and ICC took the stage to describe their clubs and the purpose they serve in Glenelg High School. Senior at Glenelg and President of the Black Student Union, Tyler Hebron described BSU to everyone as a club that “aims to provide a sense of community to and support for black students.” The speakers continued to describe when the clubs have meetings for listeners to join them after school. The Black Student Union concluded by explaining their field trip they attended to the Museum of African History and Culture and their end of the year pool party.
After leaving the platform, The International Cultural Club took the podium by describing their purpose in the Glenelg community. Based on their powerpoint presentation, the ICC is a club which “aims to provide a sense of community and support to students with diverse backgrounds (races, ethnics, and cultures).” The speakers and leaders continued to describe the club as an educational opportunity to learn and teach others about different cultures. The ICC concluded their speech by stating when they meet and they take part in arts, crafts, watching movies, and cooking foods from different cultures.
Students, parents, and staff were then able to walk around the cafeteria and fill their plates with a variety of foods from around the globe. After everyone was seated, the Mads sang “We Are The World” by Michael Jackson. This song was the perfect fit for this event, because the lyrics reflect on how everyone from around the world, no matter what your culture is, need to come and work together. When the performance finished, attendees participated in a game of Kahoot, quizzing everyone on different traditions and music from around the world.
As the night came to an end, attendees were able to ask questions to members of both clubs and everyone was able to discuss the events of the night. The 2017 Potluck hosted by the Black Student Union and International Cultural Club was a night filled with laughs and carefree energy, where everyone was able to learn about the difference of cultures and their purpose in the community. Not only was this a night of education and trying new treats, but it created a sense of unity between everyone, showing that it does not matter what your race, ethnicity, or cultural background is.