Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained relatively unaffected in Texas—until U.S. General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”
Welcome to one of the largest, student-led clubs on Hamilton High School’s campus! We are glad you stopped by to visit! We invite you to take a look around and get familiar with our members, activities, and goals. You will quickly recognize that our BSU is constantly grooming leadership skills while encouraging academic success for African American students. In fact, everything we do promotes, celebrates, and embraces Black excellence!
In 2018 and 2019, Hamilton’s BSU was awarded “BSU of the Year” by the United Black Student Union of California (UBSUC) during the State Leadership Convention (unfortunately the 2020 convention was canceled). This honor was earned based on our dedication to leadership, student body, and community. Not only do we have dynamic BSU Officers representing our school campus, we also have Hamilton Officers elected into leadership roles at the Southern region and the State Leadership positions.
We hope you enjoy learning more about our club and consider joining us. Although we’re called Black Student Union, our BSU also welcomes students from all races and ethnic backgrounds.
To join the Hamilton BSU click HERE.
Congratulations to Janae Burney and Sierra Shinn, the first ever BSU Legacy Scholarship Award winners. The two students will be attending Tulane University and UCLA, respectively. They will each receive $500 in our first scholarship giveaway. We look forward to awarding more next year.
In recognition of our seniors who have chosen a career pathway instead of going directly into college, we highlight one of the stars of our BSU Show Skyler Shinn who has decided to pursue his acting career. We are all pulling for you!
Parents make sure visit our Parent Page by clicking HERE to find important information and resources shared with our Parent Group.
“History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”
Dr. Carter G. Woodson