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MIT Black Students' Union

The establishment of the MIT's Black Students Union in the 1960s is remembered

The establishment of the MIT's Black Students Union in the 1960s is remembered

In 1968, a small group of MIT students formed the Black Students' Union (BSU) and presented a list of proposals to the administration. Designed to increase the presence of African American students at MIT, the proposals outlined changes to recruitment, financial aid, and admission. In this video, the first co-chair of the BSU, Shirley A. Jackson PhD '73, and former MIT President Paul E. Gray '54 remember the sacrifices and heated meetings that led MIT to change its long-standing recruitment and admission policies. Learn more about this student group at the MIT Black Students Union.

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