Football players from Mission High School in San Francisco made headlines across the country when the team, as a unit, refused to stand for the national anthem, in protest against the oppression of people of color in the U.S.
It wasn’t the first demonstration by district students for that cause this year. Back in February, a student at Lowell High put up a display mocking Black History Month, and the school’s Black Student Union reacted by staging a walk-out. Black youth currently make up two percent of the student body and the struggle for inclusion persists. That struggle goes way back at Lowell. Two of the school's alums, Pamela Stevenson and Rochelle Fortier Nwadibia, were students in the sixties when the school’s Black Student Union got its name. They shared that story with San Francisco Storycorps.
KALW's Ben Trefny played that conversation for current members of Lowell’s Black Student Union, nearly a half-century after the BSU was created, to see what they had to say.
Click the audio player to hear the complete story.
NOTE: KALW is an independently operated station that is owned by the San Francisco Unified School District.