Includes documents and photographs related to Kalamazoo College's Black Student Organization (BSO). Many of the documents relate to the organization's protests in 1968 and 1969 during which it demanded increased enrollment of Black students as well as the hiring of more Black faculty and staff. The documents consist mostly of letters to and from the College's President, Weimer K. Hicks, and the BSO but also include comments and revisions by members of the administration to the College's responses as well as committee meeting minutes.

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  • Black Student Residents in the Residence Halls... 

    Long, William G. (1969-02-03)
    The response from Kalamazoo College Dean of Student Affairs William G. Long to the memorandum from the Black Student Organization (BSO) regarding Black student residents in the residence halls and the hiring of Black ...
  • Revision Suggestions Connected with Draft Memorandum to the BSO in Regard to Admissions 

    Long, William G. (1969-03-13)
    Revision suggestions from Kalamazoo College Dean of Student Affairs William G. Long to President Weimer K. Hicks in regards to a response to be given to the Black Student Organization (BSO) about the admission of Black students.
  • Kalamazoo College Explores Its Traditions: The Black Student Organization 

    Unknown author (1997-05-07)
    A press release announcing the lecture/discussion on the founding of the Black Student Organization (BSO) at Kalamazoo College. Clyde Solomon, Class of 1971, and Romeo Phillips, Professor Emeritus of Education, were two ...
  • President's Response to Demands of June 1998 

    Jones, James F., Jr. (James Fleming), 1947- (1998-06-04)
    Letter from Kalamazoo College President James F. Jones, Jr. to the College Community responding to the demonstration led by the Black Student Organization (BSO) for more diverse faculty and staff.
  • Issues of Diversity Concerning Faculty and Administration 

    Unknown author (1998-06-04)
    A letter submitted by Kalamazoo College's Black Student Organization (BSO) to President James F. Jones, Provost Gregory Mahler, and the entire College community regarding diversity within the faculty and administration.
  • Third World Press Editor to Speak 

    Unknown author (1991-01-29)
    Press release announcing that Haki R. Madhubut (also known as Don L. Lee) would be speaking at the annual dinner sponsored by the Black Student Organization (BSO) of Kalamazoo College.
  • BSO Chapel: The Necessity of God in College Life 

    Unknown author (1990-05-11)
    Program for the Chapel event sponsored by the Black Student Organization (BSO) of Kalamazoo College. The main speaker was Herbert R. Davis and the event also included Toni Booker of Booker Productions Gospel Choir from ...
  • 1983 Chapel Program: A Black History Month Celebration 

    Unknown author (1983-02-18)
    A program for the Friday Chapel on February 18, 1983 at Kalamazoo College. Sponsored by the Black Student Organization (BSO), the main speaker was Dr. Charles Taylor speaking on "Black America: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."
  • Program for Sixth Annual Black History Dinner 

    Unknown author (1983-02-17)
    Program for the Sixth Annual Black History Dinner sponsored by the Black Student Organization (BSO) of Kalamazoo College. The theme was "Black America: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow."
  • 1971 Black Arts Festival 

    Unknown author (1971-04)
    Program of events for the first Black Arts Festival sponsored by the Black Student Organization (BSO) of Kalamazoo College.
  • Roundtable on Discrimination, Part I: Racism 

    Unknown author (1982-08-12)
    A memo to the campus community from Kalamazoo College's Black Student Organization (BSO) announcing a roundtable discussion on discrimination.
  • Visit of Congressman John Conyers 

    Unknown author (1979-02-07)
    An invitation to faculty members at Kalamazoo College to attend a lunch sponsored by the Black Student Organization (BSO) in honor of their guest Congressman John Conyers.
  • 1982 Black Arts Festival 

    Unknown author (1982-05)
    A flier advertising the 1982 Black Arts Festival at Kalamazoo College. Sponsored by the Black Student Organization (BSO), the festival included a discussion with folklorist Mary Ruth Warner and poetry readings as well as ...
  • The Black Student Organization 

    Unknown author (1981)
    A booklet prepared by Kalamazoo College's Black Student Organization (BSO) including the group's constitution, a brief history written by Professor Romeo Phillips, descriptions of activities sponsored by the organization, ...
  • Black Awareness Week Press Release 

    Unknown author (1974-05-17)
    A press release for Black Awareness Week sponsored by the Black Student Organization (BSO) of Kalamazoo College and held from May 20-25, 1974. The events included a performance by a Drama Troupe and Gospel Choir, student ...
  • Letter to Educational Policies Group 

    Barrett, Laurence N., 1915-2002 (1969-06-05)
    A letter from Kalamazoo College's Acting Dean of Academic Affairs Laurence Barrett regarding the marking system for the 193 course taught by Edwin Taliaferro. According to the 1968-69 College Catalogue 193 courses were ...
  • Description of Second Confrontation 

    Hicks, Weimer K., 1909-1985 (1969-06)
    An unsigned document, but presumably written by Kalamazoo College President Weimer K. Hicks, describing the second confrontation with the Black Student Organization (BSO) in 1969. A handwritten note on the document states ...
  • Workshop on Negro History and Culture 

    Barrett, Laurence N., 1915-2002 (1969-05-27)
    A memo to all faculty at Kalamazoo College from Laurence Barrett, Acting Dean of Academic Affairs, advertising a summer workshop on Negro History and Culture.
  • Letter Regarding List of Entering Black Freshmen 

    Long, William G. (1969-07-29)
    A letter from Kalamazoo College's Dean of Student Affairs William G. Long in regards to making available a list of Black freshmen entering the College.
  • Reply of the Faculty and Administration to Demands 

    Hicks, Weimer K., 1909-1985 (1969-05-24)
    The official reply from the Kalamazoo College Administration to the demands of the Black Student Organization (BSO) including responses regarding the academic program, admissions policies and procedures, budgetary ...

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