RBHS Councils will be a manifestation of traditional communal connection common in indigenous spaces. More specifically, they are a medium through which young Kings can develop camaraderie, experience micro-community dynamics, be subject to communal accountability, and experience guided and structured competition.
Read about the RBHS Council Framework.
Each student will be assigned to a Council. The Council tournament will help build the culture of RBHS, motivate students to become invested in their school, and create ownership of their education. The house structure will contribute to helping students build leadership skills, camaraderie, positive relationships, and eventually investment in their educational experience at RBHS.
There will be ten Councils into which the student body will be divided
Each Council will elect two representatives for their council
Each representative will serve on the RBHS’ Student Government
Student Board will elect RBHS’ President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian
Students will receive points through (updated weekly):
School Pride through activity participation
School Pride through events attended
Books/words read in Reading Plus, etc.
- Langston Hughes
- Cesar Chave
- Booker T. Washington
- Carter G. Woodson
- Paul Robeson
- Thurgood Marshall
- W.E.B. DuBois
- Barack H. Obama
- Frederick Douglass
- Oscar Arias Sanchez
Thurgood Marshall Council
Elder: Mr. Smith
Parliament Representative: Israel Duffy
Thurgood Marshall was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Here at Ron Brown, the Thurgood Marshall council works to live by our motto of "Reigning Supreme". We embody leading by example and thinking critically in order to make sound decision that affect our community.
Barack H. Obama Council
Elder: Mr. Lakes
Parliament Representative: Malik Hunter
President Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to serve as president.
The Obama council motto is "Be a game changer", the world has enough followers. Like President Obama we must use unique, creative, innovative ideas to achieve any goal that we set for ourselves. Our young kings know being a game changer means that we must poses grit and perseverance to make a change in school, community and the world.
Martin Luther King Council
Elder: Mr. Cosey
Parliament Representative: Christian Johnson
Langston Hughes Council
Elder: Mr. Bouldin
Parliament Representative: Reginald Miller
James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist. He was the first African American to earn a living as a writer and is most known for being able to tell the unsung stories of everyday men and women. Hughes traveled extensively, spending long periods of time in other countries across different continents. At Ron Brown Preparatory High School, the Langston Hughes Councils strives to develop empathy and to understand multiple perspectives across lines of differences. Our motto is "I, Too Dream."
Frederick Douglass Council
Elder: Mr. Porter
Parliament Representative: Jay Young
Our motto is "Without struggle, there is no progress"
An abolitionist, writer and orator Frederick Douglass was the most important black American leader of the nineteenth century. Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey on Maryland's Eastern Shore, he was the son of a slave woman and, probably, her white master. For 16 years he edited an influential black newspaper and achieved international fame as an inspiring and persuasive speaker and writer. In thousands of speeches and editorials, he levied a powerful indictment against slavery and racism, provided an indomitable voice of hope for his people, embraced antislavery politics and preached his own brand of American ideals.
Booker T. Washington Council
Elder: Ms. Odom
Parliament Representative: Xzavier Long
The Booker T. Washington Council works to live by the motto that "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." The Young Kings are constantly reminded that it is not about the win as much as it is about learning from the journey and leaving every place better than it was found. We consistently work to embody the values of our Council Patriarch Booker T. Washington, hard work and strong moral character.
Cesar Chavez Council
Elder: Mr. Nero
Parliament Representative: Josiah Lynch
Our motto is "Si, se puede!" The Cesar Chavez council embodies the idea of "meeting people where they're at"; we do not silence or otherwise discourage our members from honestly expressing themselves, rather we applaud freedom of thought in an effort to obtain knowledge of self. We encourage critical thinking as kings are encouraged to question why they say what they say and believe what they believe as we all partake in honest, raw conversations on various topics typically lead by our informative, morning community circles. Si, se puede!!!
Carter G. Woodson Council
Elder: Mr. Thomas
Parliament Representative: Adrian Phillips
Carter G. Woodson was an African-American writer and historian known as the "Father of Black History Month." He penned the influential book TheMis-Education of the Negro. He was instrumental in establishing a month dedicated to the research, study, and celebration of Black excellence.
W.E.B. Dubois Council
Elder: Dr. Curtis
Parliament Representative: Elijah Ashley-Mangum
William Edward Burghardt DuBois was a sociologist, activist, organizer, and academic who focused his life's work on the edification and liberation of the minds of Black people. He was born in Great Barrington, Massachusettes and graduated from Fisk University and Harvard University, ultimately becoming the first Black person to earn a doctorate from Harvard. Dr. DuBois's philosophical conflict with the ideology in Booker T. Washington's "Atlanta Compromise" characterized much of his civil activism insofar as he rebuffed the notion of accepting white supremacist rule and championed the immediate and absolute freedom of Black minds and bodies. W.E.B. DuBois was the founder of the Niagara Movement and, later, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. DuBois also believed heavily in community accountability and uplift and forwarded this idea through his stance on the "Talented Tenth" and their responsibility to the community. Please reach out to or contact a Young King in the DuBois Council for further clarity on the specifics of the Talented Tenth.
Paul Robeson Council
Elder: Mr. Anderson
Parliament Representative: Kai Matthews
The Young Kings of the Paul Robeson Council hold fast to the beliefs and practices of its namesake. The young men of Robeson Council know that indeed all the world's a stage, and they do not shy away from the spotlight when people are watching. Like the great actor, the Robeson Council knows the power of code switching--we know how to both adapt to our environment and make it better.