Black Student Union to celebrate 35 years of unity
Binghamton University’s Black Student Union (BSU) will celebrate its 35th anniversary at a banquet to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Mandela Room in the University Union. The banquet, “Celebrating 35 Years of Unity in Heritage,” will offer an evening of tribute and celebration as guests recall BSU milestones.
Special honorees will include BSU alumni and the children of the BSU Youth Program. A highlight of the evening will be the first-ever student “Mr. and Mrs. BSU” Pageant. Contestants will be judged on their academic ability, commitment to community service and leadership abilities.
The BSU was founded in 1968 as a center to unify and support students of African descent, to educate one another about their shared cultural heritage and to celebrate that heritage. Currently, 5 percent of BU students are of African American heritage.
Over the years, BSU has initiated a variety of programs and activities both on and off campus. These efforts include the BSU Youth Program, which offers creative and educational programs for children ages 5 to 13 from the Broome County Urban League. BSU also offers a variety of social opportunities for students to interact, including the BSU Binghamton Enrichment Program Barbecue held during the summer for freshmen enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Program.
For more information about the banquet or about the anniversary celebration, contact BSU president Tiffany Folks at 777-2885.