50th Anniversary of the Black Student Union

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Black Student Union at Luther College
October 2018 through April 2019

The BSU was established in fall 1968 by a group of students who craved a space where they could celebrate their culture, their accomplishments, and lift up black struggles. The yearlong celebration kicked off at Homecoming 2018 and ended with an alumni reunion celebration during the weekend of April 26-28, 2019.

Photos from the weekend reunion events can be seen on the Luther College Black Alumni Association Facebook page here.

Sunday, October 7, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Fall Semester Gospel Sunday Church Service

Preacher: Professor of Religion Guy Nave
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m

BSU Film Screening, "Agents of Change"

Valders 206

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Religion Forum: "Here We Stand": Reflections on Luther College’s Racial History and Legacy.
Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen '15
Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall 

Friday, October 26, 2018Image for BSU page.
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Homecoming Reception for Alumni, Students, and Friends
Norby House

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:00 a.m.
All alumni and students are invited to join us to walk in Luther's Homecoming Parade.

11:00 a.m.
Diversity at Luther College: A Celebration Brunch
Join alumni and friends for a casual brunch hosted by Lisa Scott, Interim Dean for Institutional  Equity and Inclusion, celebrating the election of Denise '82 and Willie '84 Davismckennie as co-presidents of the Luther College Alumni Association.
Baker Commons, Baker Village

Friday, November 2, 2018
7:00 p.m.
An embodied dialogue -- "Issues of Color: It's More than Black and White," directed by professor of dance, Jane Hawley '87 in collaboration with members of Black Earth Collaborative Arts and community members of Minneapolis. Funded by The Doris and Ragnvald Ylvisaker Endowment for Faculty Growth Award.
Center for the Arts, 121 (Studio One)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
6:30 p.m.

2018 Women and Gender Studies Endowed Price Lecture
Gaone Masire '82, Head of Human Resources, African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Pretoria, South Africa

Gaone will also be a CEPE visitor at Luther (November 25-28). The Price Lecture is an endowed lecture funded by Lucile Brickner Brown Price to feature speakers who illustrate the roles, contributions, programs and achievements of women as leaders in society.
Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

Friday, December 7, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Chapel Speaker - Dr. Keith Mayes,
Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota
Sponsored by the African Studies Group
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall 

Saturday, December 8, 2018
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Kwanzaa Dinner - "History of Kwanzaa," Dr. Keith MayesDr. Keith Mayes
Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room
Dr. Mayes is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota; former chair of the Department of African American & African Studies; and the Horace T. Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. His teaching and research interests include the Civil Rights and Black Power movements; education policy and history; black holiday traditions; racial equity and critical ethnic studies pedagogy; and the history of African Americans. Dr. Mayes has published one book entitled Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African American Holiday Tradition. He is currently working on another book entitled, The Unteachables: Civil Rights, Disability Rights and the Origins of Black Special Education.   

Monday, January 21, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture
Roger L. Pulliam, Assistant Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

Thursday, February 7, 2019
9:40 a.m.
Second Semester Opening Convocation
Tiffany Patterson, Vanderbilt University Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, and History, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in African and African Diaspora Studies, will give the Luther College spring convocation address, "Black Students and the Creation of Black Studies."
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Sunday, February 24, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Spring Semester Gospel Sunday Church Service
Preacher: Kara (Skatrud) Baylor '92. Campus Pastor at Carthage College
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m
BSU Film Screening, "Agents of Change"

Valders 206

Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Black History Month Distinguished Lecture
Ibram Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, his 2012 prize-winning book, The Black Campus Movement, will provide a wonderful historical context and backdrop for our yearlong celebration.
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:30 p.m.Deborah Smith Pollard
The Sihler Lecture: “`When I Get to Heaven, I’m Gonna Jump and Shout’: Female Artists and the Life-Changing Song `Oh Happy Day’”

Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard, Professor of English Literature and Humanities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Sihler Lecture is sponsored by the Sihler Family Endowment, which funds lectures with an emphasis on women in church music. The event is co-sponsored by the Luther Music Department and Women & Gender Studies program.
Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall

BSU 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion: Exploring the Past, Energizing the Present, Engaging the Future

Thursday, April 25, 2019
9:40 a.m. 
Biology Colloquium “A Calling to Serve
Barbara Fuller '72, Hematologist-Oncologist
Valders 206

4:30 p.m.
Don Kemp Memorial Lecture
Maxie (Jones) Rockymore '82, Social Worker, Playwright and Poet
Shirley Baker Commons

Friday, April 26, 2019
5:30 p.m.
BSU 50th Anniversary Opening Reception - Free Event
Shirley Baker Commons

9:15 p.m.
Evening Gathering and
Performance of "Mixed Reality: One Woman’s Biracial Story" by Julia Mann ‘09 - Free Event
The Cellar
 (421 West Water Street, below Old Armory BBQ)

Saturday, April 27, 2019
9:00 a.m.

Saturday Morning Breakfast in Mott-Borlaug Rooms, Dahl Centennial Union (for BSU alumni only)

10:30 a.m.
Morning Gathering
Prologue: a performance piece of music/poetry/scenes by student performers

Panel Discussion: alumni and current students.
Room 206, Valders Hall of Science

12:00 p.m.
BSU 50th Anniversary Luncheon- Free Event
Valders Concourse

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m
BSU Film Screening, "Agents of Change"

The film's co-director and co-producer, Frank Dawson, will provide a talk-back session with the audience regarding the making and significance of a film honoring more than 50 years of Black Student Union activism on Historically White Colleges and Universities (HWCU) campus in America.
Valders 206

3:30 p.m.
Student Research Panels

Learn about the fascinating research being done by current Luther students: Janet Irankunda '19 (Music) will share her senior project, Fadzai Teramayi '19 (Biology) will present research she did with Professor Baack, Hawi Nyiera '20 (Chemistry) will share research she did with Professor Michels, Darnelle Lyng '20 (History) presents on the cultural importance of Michael Jordan, Asha Aiden '20 (Political Science and Religion) will present her case study of environmental racism, and Siyabonga Mabuza '22 (Management/Econ) presents his research about Kuumba at Luther.
Valders 206

5:30 p.m.
Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room and Hammarskjold Lounge

6:15 p.m.
BSU 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner
Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Kojo Amoo-Gottfried ‘98

Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room

7:45 p.m.
Post-dinner Celebration
Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room and Hammarskjold Lounge

Sunday, April 28, 2019
10:00 a.m. 
Sunday Morning Worship

Preacher: Margaret Herz-Lane '69, Pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Baltimore
Center for Faith and Life
, Main Hall 

Several alumni were invited back to campus to speak to students throughout the year, including: Christie Owens ’16, Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen ’15, Emerald-Jane (Aggrey-Appiah) Hunter ’03, Maxie (Jones) Rockymore ’82, Lorenzo Creighton '75, Barbara Fuller '72, and Spruiell White ’67.

“50 Years of the BSU at Luther College,” an exhibit of historic photos and timeline were available for viewing throughout the 2018-2019 academic year in Preus Library.