Future Black Leaders of America prepare for dance, heritage celebration


​Sophomore Zoie King and juniors Danielle Bellamy, Deshonte’ Bogle and Aliese Harris discuss plans for the upcoming winter dance at a Future Black Leaders of America meeting on Jan. 10. Photo by Mia Morales.

Future Black Leaders of America was created in 2016 by a group of students who were seeking to create a space where topics could be addressed that related to the experience of black students. While these discussions still occur, the club has evolved into a unified group of students looking to better themselves and the school.

“We are trying to put our heads together to make things happen,” club sponsor and special education teacher Marc Williams said. “We want to collectivize our energy and do things within the building.”

This year the club is working to become more involved in the African American Heritage Celebration, an annual event hosted by the school that will occur on Feb. 15. Students are also in the process of planning a winter dance on Feb. 23.

“Previously, most of these decisions were being made by adults,” Williams said. “We wanted the students to become more involved in organizing these events themselves.”

Future Black Leaders of America is planning the dance with help of other clubs such as Riley Dance Marathon and Tiger Ambassadors. The theme of the dance is still unknown.

“We want students to be able to go out into college or out into a new job having experienced being a part of a group and community that works towards a common goal,” Williams said. “This club gives them that experience.”

Future Black Leaders of America meets every other Wednesday in room H132. The club welcomes all students and is always looking for new members. For more information, contact club sponsor Marc Williams.