Black Community-Building: Although the largest of the racial/ethnic student population, we make up a mere 12% of the total student population. We seek to build and nurture a strong Black student community, which will be essential to our college experience.
Academic Retention and Gradation Building: We seek to provide students with resources and tools to change the grim reality that less than half of us are not graduating.
Having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts. See Synonyms at aware.
Mentally perceptive or alert; awake.
Through our efforts, we seek to assist students in gaining a better awareness of issues that affect them and the community around them. In turn, we also seek to make faculty, staff, and administrators aware of the conditions, issues, and needs of Black students here on campus in order to assure their success as students at this institution.
Black students are admitted to MSU. 1907 Myrtle Craig Mowbray became the first Black student to graduate from MSU.
Blacks were banned from the dorms. Most of the housing apartments in the East Lansing area refused to rent to Blacks. In the late fifties, the Lansing Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) helped a group of MSU students start an MSU/East Lansing chapter. The MSU NAACP organized many churches that focused on equalizing housing on campus and its surrounding areas.
Blacks students began organizing campus wide. Many speakers including Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. came to promote activism.
A Black cheerleading squad was established because of the racism Blacks endured during MSU cheerleading tryouts. BSA held its first protest in 1969 because of the racism in Wilson Hall.
The first Black student newspaper, The Grapevine Journal was established. Many Black students went to the Administration building requesting their State News tax fee. They then used the money to fund the Grapevine.
A sit-in took place at the Administration Building and lasted for eight days. The students created 20 demands that addressed issues such as recruiting more Black faculty and staff, racism on campus, retention rates among African Americans, and implementing multicultural affairs in every department. Darius Peyton served as the spokesperson.
AT&T produced a racist advertisement, which displayed people from all across the world. For Africa they used a monkey instead of a human. To address this issue, there were many rallies and protests.
The Multicultural Center opened January 1999. The original conception included a Black Culture Center. It was later expanded to include more diversity. It serves as a space for students of color to address academic and cultural issues and to hold gatherings and discussions. The Multicultural Center is located in the basement of the Union. Two boycotts were initiated by BSA on Meijer and the State News. Meijer was boycotted because of racial profiling and the State News was boycotted because of misrepresentation.