Stu­dent school board rep from Dun­dalk makes his de­but

Muhu­muza: Work hard and even sac­ri­fice some, in the pur­suit of a bet­ter life for oth­ers

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­

Josh Muhu­muza, the Dun­dalk High ris­ing se­nior who is the new stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Bal­ti­more County School Board, made his de­but last week dur­ing the board meet­ing of July 14.

In spirit, if not phys­i­cally. Due to the COVID-19 pan­demic, the school board “met” vir­tu­ally.

After be­ing in­tro­duced by county school Su­per­in­ten­dent Dar­ryl L. Wil­liams, Muhu­muza in­tro­duced him­self and two res­o­lu­tions. Both passed.

“Josh has dis­tin­guished him­self both aca­dem­i­cally and through com­mu­nity ser­vice,” Wil­liams said.

Muhu­muza talked about im­mi­grat­ing from east Africa, where he lived in Rwanda and Uganda, with his fam­ily 10 years ago when he was 80 years old.

“What I re­mem­ber of the mo­ment, wasn’t just the fear of the un­known but the hope and op­ti­mism I had for this new jour­ney,” he said.

He re­counted the mes­sage he learned from his mother: “Work hard and even sac­ri­fice some, in

the pur­suit of a bet­ter life for oth­ers.

“As us Gen Z’ers like to say: ‘Don’t be a Boomer.’ And for those won­der­ing what that means, you don’t have to Google it, or even go on Tik-Tok. Just lis­ten to what BCPS is call­ing on you to do.”

Muhu­muza in­tro­duced a mo­tion to name the, to that point un­named, Eq­uity res­o­lu­tion the “Black Lives Mat­ter” res­o­lu­tion.

“This is an im­por­tant res­o­lu­tion, and im­por­tant to ti­tle it as such,” he said.

After some de­bate as to whether it was ap­pro­pri­ate for a non-par­ti­san group like the school board to use a name as­so­ci­ated with an in­cor­po­rated po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion with­out stat­ing the board does not en­dorse or con­done the ac­tions of that or­ga­ni­za­tion, the mo­tion passed.

Muhu­muza then made a mo­tion to have the su­per­in­ten­dent in­ves­ti­gate a po­ten­tial pro­hi­bi­tion by the Board of hate speech and sym­bols such as, but not lim­ited to, Con­fed­er­ate flags and Swastikas.

The su­per­in­ten­dent would present the re­sults of his in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the Board by Jan­uary 19, 2021.

“The rea­son for this mo­tion is be­cause this is­sue has been preva­lent in our county for a very long time,” Muhu­muza said. “Yes, there are laws that give out su­per­in­ten­dent and prin­ci­pals the right to pro­hibit cer­tain dress at­tire, but as you know, the dress code is not be­ing en­forced for­mally and con­sis­tently.

“Our dress pol­icy al­ludes to this, but is not as clear and con­cise re­gard­ing sym­bols; some­times stu­dents abuse this pol­icy.”

The su­per­in­ten­dent would sup­ply data, and the county le­gal coun­cil would be able to look over it thor­oughly.

The mo­tion also car­ried.


Dun­dalk High School ris­ing se­nior Josh Muhu­muza, the elected stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the county school board, made his board meet­ing de­but last week.

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