50th Anniversary of the Black Student Union

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Black Student Union at Luther College

The BSU was established in fall 1968 by a group of students who craved a space where they could celebrate their culture, their accomplishments, and lift up black struggles. The yearlong celebration kicks off at Homecoming. Other lectures, alumni speakers, and special events will fill out the calendar, culminating in an alumni reunion celebration April 26-28, 2019.

Sunday, October 7, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Fall Semester Gospel Sunday Church Service
Preacher: Professor of Religion Guy Nave
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
BSU Film Screening, "Agents of Change"

Valders 206

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Religion Forum: "Here We Stand": Reflections on Luther College’s Racial History and Legacy.
Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen '15
Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall 

Friday, October 26, 2018Image for BSU page.
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Homecoming Reception for Alumni, Students, and Friends
Norby House
No charge, but RSVP requested

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:00 a.m.
All alumni and students are invited to join us to walk in Luther's Homecoming Parade.

11:00 a.m.
Diversity at Luther College: A Celebration BrunchAlumni Council Co-Presidents Denise '82 and Willie Davismckennie '84
Join alumni and friends for a casual brunch hosted by Lisa Scott, Interim Dean for Institutional  Equity and Inclusion, celebrating the election of Denise '82 and Willie '84 Davismckennie as co-presidents of the Luther College Alumni Association.
Baker Commons, Baker Village
$15 per person/RSVP requested

Friday, November 2, 2018
7:00 p.m.
An embodied dialogue -- "Issues of Color: It's More than Black and White," directed by professor of dance, Jane Hawley '87 in collaboration with members of Black Earth Collaborative Arts and community members of Minneapolis. Funded by The Doris and Ragnvald Ylvisaker Endowment for Faculty Growth Award.
Center for the Arts, 121 (Studio One)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
6:30 p.m.

2018 Women and Gender Studies Endowed Price Lecture
Gaone Masire '82, Head of Human Resources, African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Pretoria, South Africa

Gaone will also be a CEPE visitor at Luther (November 25-28). The Price Lecture is an endowed lecture funded by Lucile Brickner Brown Price to feature speakers who illustrate the roles, contributions, programs and achievements of women as leaders in society.
Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

Friday, December 7, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Chapel Speaker - Dr. Keith Mayes,
Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota
Sponsored by the African Studies Group
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall 

Saturday, December 8, 2018
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Kwanzaa Dinner - "History of Kwanzaa," Dr. Keith MayesDr. Keith Mayes
Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room
Dr. Mayes is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota; former chair of the Department of African American & African Studies; and the Horace T. Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. His teaching and research interests include the Civil Rights and Black Power movements; education policy and history; black holiday traditions; racial equity and critical ethnic studies pedagogy; and the history of African Americans. Dr. Mayes has published one book entitled Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African American Holiday Tradition. He is currently working on another book entitled, The Unteachables: Civil Rights, Disability Rights and the Origins of Black Special Education.   

Monday, January 21, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture
Roger L. Pulliam, Assistant Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

Sunday, February 24, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Spring Semester Gospel Sunday Church Service
Preacher: Kara (Skatrud) Baylor '92. Campus Pastor at Carthage College
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m
BSU Film Screening, "Agents of Change"

Valders 206

Thursday, February 28, 2019Image for BSU page.
7:00 p.m.
Black History Month Distinguished Lecture
Ibram Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, his 2012 prize-winning book, The Black Campus Movement, will provide a wonderful historical context and backdrop for our yearlong celebration.
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:30 p.m.
The Sihler Lecture
Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard, Professor of English Literature and Humanities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Sihler Lecture is sponsored by the Sihler Family Endowment, which funds lectures with an emphasis on women in church music. The event is co-sponsored by the Luther Music Department and Women & Gender Studies program.
Site: TBA

Thursday, April 25, 2019
4:30 p.m.
Don Kemp Memorial Lecture
Maxie (Jones) Rockymore '82, Social Worker, Playwright and Poet
Shirley Baker Commons

Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28, 2019
Alumni Reunion
Join us on campus for a weekend celebration of the founding of the BSU at Luther College.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m
BSU Film Screening, "Agents of Change"
The film's co-director and co-producer, Frank Dawson, will provide a talk-back session with the audience regarding the making and significance of a film honoring more than 50 years of Black Student Union activism on Historically White Colleges and Universities (HWCU) campus in America.
Valders 206

Decorah Area Accommodations

We hope you'll join us for these events over the 2018-2019 academic year! 

Several alumni have been invited back to campus to speak to students throughout the year, including: Christie Owens ’16, Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen ’15, Emerald-Jane (Aggrey-Appiah) Hunter ’03, Maxie (Jones) Rockymore ’82, Lorenzo Creighton '75, Barbara Fuller '72, and Spruiell White ’67. More events and information will be posted as plans for the celebration progress.

“50 Years of the BSU at Luther College,” an exhibit of historic photos and timeline will be available for viewing throughout the year in Preus Library.