As the president of the Black Student Union and a long-active member of the organization, I get asked all the time, “Why do we need a Black Student Union?” To be honest there is not one simple answer. Today the need for a Black Student Union is still as great as it was 50 years ago when our organization was founded. When I look at our country, our state, and our university it is evident that black representation lacks in each of these respective communities. I believe that African Americans on this campus cannot afford to be deprived of their sense of cultural pride and competency. Our Black Student Union isn’t perfect by any means, but it is my mission to strive each and every day to give our black students a space be alleviated from the daily societal pressures that they face.