Bantucentric: Black Student Union

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Black Student Union President William Rivers and Vice President Dairia Kymber Harvin.

“We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.”

                                                                                                                                —Malcolm X

Bantucentric is all about being ourselves and being proud to be who we are. As black people, it is so easy to fall into the pit of depression and indifference toward your people. It’s so much easier to blend in and give up on your culture or not even search to find that culture because the world you live in tells you that it isn’t important. This column is all about changing that and showing the world that we have a voice and that we matter. The mistake that is made is assuming that it can be done alone.

We spend so much time and energy chasing this reclusive mentality, to the point where we get nowhere, individually or as a people. We think that alone we can rise above stereotypes, poverty and racism. That hasn’t worked so far, and thus, it should stop. We must join together, help each other and fight the good fight so that we all can be free of the chains of the past and of the present. Obviously, that won’t happen overnight, and it won’t happen all over the world right away. What we can work on right now is making this a reality at Academy of Art University.

We are all here for a purpose. That purpose may define the rest of our lives and open so many doors for us. Let’s get off to a good start for the good of our people. Each and every one of us has the potential to cause change, and in the peak of our lives, why not get the ball rolling before it’s too late? The talents you develop here at the Academy can be great assets in both your personal life and in the lives of us all. Take the first step toward uniting our people in love and community and join Black Student Union.

The Black Student Union will officially launch during the Fall 2015 semester. This club is all about unity, compassion and love for one another.

We are looking for members as well as ideas. Join our Facebook page (AAU Black Student Union) or email us at We will be holding an open meeting on Saturday, April 25 for anyone who is interested in receiving more information about the club. The Black Student Union is about you, so how would you like to spend your time here? What would you like to do? We want to your input and look forward to seeing you there.