Continuing the Legacy

Black Student Union (BSU) President Rah’ki Walker takes over BSU, following in the footsteps of her older sister


Kara Simpson

Senior Rah’ki Walker looks into the camera Jan. 23 in room 151.

Grace Logan

Rah’ki Walker’s older sister, Naudia Thurman, and Imaculee Muragizi, both 2022 graduates, brought Black Student Union (BSU) to Northwest.

Going into her freshman year, Walker knew she had to join.

At that time, she didn’t know if she would take on a leadership position in the club or not.

It became more clear to Walker that eventually she wanted to take over, but she didn’t know how quickly it would come.

In what seemed like a blink, Thurman and Muragizi graduated.

Now in her senior year, Walker has  followed in her sister’s footsteps  and become a co-president of BSU.

“I felt proud ,” Walker said. “Why would I let her hard work go to waste?”

During her freshman year, BSU brought Walker new friends, a safe environment, and a supportive community. Now Walker works to cultivate that same environment, just like her sister.

“At the end of the day, our school is predominantly white,” Walker said. “BSU a safe space where you can talk about anything, including maybe racism that you’ve experience within the school. You have a supportive community. People there have your best interests at heart.”