The Black Student Movement celebrated its 50th anniversary last Tuesday, marking decades of profound change within the University.
BSM is a group on campus that strives to create a community where black students can embrace their identity and culture. The organization was founded during the later years of the civil rights era, and the founders wanted to embody the black power mindset, said Dominque Brodie, executive assistant of BSM.
“BSM exemplified, at its beginning, a sort of self-sufficiency and a sort of agency that black students had and wanted to take control of their own experience and provide a space to be black comfortably,” said Brodie.
BSM provides a space reserved for Black students to decompress and bond over a common identity, said Alton Peques, vice president of BSM.
“Students tend to find an attachment and love for BSM because the things they're able to gain from it aren't really available anywhere else on campus,” Peques said.