BSU50: The Power of Community

MIT Black Students' Union through the Decades

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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.

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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


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