This collection includes documents and photographs related to Kalamazoo College's Black Student Organization (BSO) which was formed in 1968. 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 protest 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. Also included in the collection are photos and documents related to the Black Arts Festival, chapel programs, and other BSO sponsored events.

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  • Afro Fiesta Desi Soul program 2017 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 2017)
    Program of student organization descriptions for AFDS night 2017
  • Afro Fiesta Desi Soul Flyer 2014 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 2014-02)
    Flyer advertising AFDS event for winter quarter 2014
  • BSO Protest, 1969 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1969-05)
    Members of the Black Student Organization (BSO) stand in protest in front of the Fine Arts Building. This may have been the Saturday,May 17, 1969 protest in which the BSO rejected the college administration's response to ...
  • BSO Students with Administration's Response 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1969-05)
    Four members of the Black Student Organization (BSO) walk down the steps of Mandelle Hall after receiving from the college administration a written response to their demands. From left to right: Tom Seaver, Emmet Deans, ...
  • White Students Support BSO Demands 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1969-05-24)
    White students sit on the lawn in front of a campus building on May 24, 1969, holding signs that read "We Support BSO Demands. Black Autonomy - Black Studies." The student rally was in support of the Black Student ...
  • BSO Members Protest at Banquet 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1969-05-17)
    Two members of the Black Student Organization (BSO) stand at the podium during a banquet on campus. Emmet Deans is speaking and Tom Seaver stands behind him. College president Weimer K. Hicks sits to the right of the ...
  • 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, spoke at ...
  • 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) will speak 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 Dr. Charles Taylor presented 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, ...

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