Galvanized by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, black student groups begin to form on predominately white college campuses across the country, including MIT.
In 1968, the black student community at MIT was small and needed a way to amplify its voice. Formed during that tumultuous year in political and racial history in the US, the MIT Black Students’ Union (BSU) launched a journey of advocacy and community that now continues 50 years later.
"The BSU at 50," MIT Technology Review, November/December 2018
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The BSU has always played a major role in helping the Institute to not fall back from the goals of commitment and participation of black students, faculty, and administration. It’s been a key agent in helping MIT look at itself.
- Clarence G. Williams, Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies & Planning Emeritus and Former Special Assistant to the President of MIT