Reunion Weekend April 25-28, 2019

BSU Circa 1976

Exploring the Past, Energizing the Present, Engaging the Future

The Black Student Union (BSU) was established in fall 1968 by students who craved space where they could celebrate their culture and accomplishments and lift up black struggles. The alumni reunion April 25-28, 2019 is the capstone event of the yearlong celebration. We hope you will join us.

Dr. Barbara Fuller '72

Thursday, April 25

  • 9:40 a.m. - Biology Colloquium “A Calling to Serve” in Valders 206
  • Barbara Fuller '72, Hematologist-Oncologist



    Maxie Jones Rockymore '82

  • 4:30 p.m. - Don Kemp Memorial Lecture at Shirley Baker Commons
    • Maxie (Jones) Rockymore '82, Social Worker, Playwright and Poet






Sam Simataa '13

Friday, April 26

  • 10:30-10:50 a.m. Chapel, Center for Faith and Life Main Hall, Sam Simataa, '13
W.D. Foster-Graham '74


  • 2-3:30 p.m. Alumni Book Signing at the Luther Book Shop by W.D. Foster-Graham '74, author of a series of books, Mark My Words: A Christopher Family Novel, Mark My Words: A Christopher Family Novel - Book 2, Mark My Words: A Christopher Family Novel - Book 3, You Never Know, and Never Give Up.
  • 5:30 p.m. - Opening Reception at Shirley Baker Commons-Free Event (RSVP)
    • Alumni, Emeriti, Faculty, Staff and Students are welcome!
Julia Mann '09

Saturday, April 27

  • 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luther Book Shop Open in Dahl Centennial Union

  • 9:00 a.m. -  Saturday Morning Breakfast in Mott-Borlaug Rooms, Dahl Centennial Union (closed)

  • 10:30 a.m. -  Morning Gathering at Valders 206
    • Prologue: a performance piece of music/poetry/scenes by student performers
    • Panel Discussion: with alumni Lorenzo Creighton '75, Byron Dean, Jr. '71, Barbara Fuller '72, Margaret (Lane) Herz-Lane '69, Will Williamson '71 and current students.
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch at Valders Concourse-Free Event (RSVP)

  • 1:00 p.m. - Film Screening: "Agents of Change" in Valders 206Agents of Change
    • Following the screening there will be a Q&A session with the film's co-director and co-producer, Frank Dawson, who 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 in America.

  • 2:30 p.m. - Student Research Panels in Valders 206
    • Learn about the fascinating research being done by current Luther students: Janet Irankunda '19 (Music) will share her senior project, Fadzai Teramayi '19 (Biology) will present research she did with Professor Baack, Hawi Nyiera '20 (Chemistry) will share research she did with Professor Michels, Darnelle Lyng '20 (History) presents on the cultural importance of Michael Jordan, Asha Aden '20 (Political Science and Religion) will present her case study of environmental racism, and Siyabonga Mabuza '22 (Management/Econ) presents his research about Kuumba at Luther.

  • 5:30 p.m. - Gala Reception Kojo Amoo-Gottfried '98in Hammarskjold Lounge
  • 6:15 p.m. - Gala Dinner in Peace Dining Room (GALA DINNER IS SOLD OUT)
    • Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Kojo Amoo-Gottfried ‘98
    • Post-dinner celebration in Peace Dining Room and Hammarskjold Lounge



Rev. Margaret Herz-Lane

Sunday, April 28

  • 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life
    • Preacher: Margaret (Lane) Herz-Lane '69, Pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Baltimore

Weekend Accommodations/Room Blocks (Limited availability)

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott: Phone 563.382.8800 for "BSU Reunion" block rate. ($130/night)
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson: Phone 563.382.9646 for "BSU Reunion" block rate. ($149-$169/night)
  • Norby House block rate at Luther College (Residence Hall rooms; some twin beds; some queen rooms; shared bathrooms) Individual Room Charges: 1 person - $50/night; 2 person - $55/night. Register Online Here! Type "BSU Reunion" in Additional Information Box.
  • Other Area Lodging Options

    Transportation from Minneapolis Airport (MSP)

  • We will have a Luther van leaving MSP at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
  • Return to MSP Sunday Morning