AAMLO to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of First Black Student Union

Release Date: 
Thu, 09/13/2018

Oakland, CA – The African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the first Black Student Union (BSU) in the country – at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 1968.

Following the formation of the SFSU BSU, immediately BSUs began spreading across the Bay Area, to Laney College in Oakland, and Berkeley, then swept across California and the United States.

On Saturday, September 15, AAMLO will host poet and playwright Judy Juanita along with panelists Clarence “Buzz” Thomas, Albert “Skip” Hart and Carolyn Wingate, for a discussion on their involvement in the student strikes and movements that led to the inauguration of this country’s first BSU.

“The BSU and the Black Studies Department at SF State were the forerunners of Ethnic Studies Departments in colleges and universities across the U.S,” said Susan Anderson, Interim Chief Curator of AAMLO. “We are incredibly fortunate to be able to hear from some of the key leaders of the Bay Area student movement who risked their lives during the campus strikes for social justice.”

Juanita recently authored a book which explores this period of student activism, “Homage to the Black Arts Movement”. She will read an excerpt from her work along with Ramon Shawntez Jackson.

Every Saturday, AAMLO hosts its “Saturday Salon” featuring programming and audience engagement reflecting African American history, culture, and public affairs in the Bay Area and California.

What: Judy Juanita and a Panel Discussion on the 50th Anniversary Founding of the SFSU Black Student Union

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (659 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612)