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Black Student Alliance

The Black Student Alliance was established in 1978 "to promote a greater spirit of brotherhood within the university." It succeeded a previous organization, the Human Relations Council, which upheld similar ideals. Membership in the Alliance is not restricted to Black students, but is open to all students and faculty of Virginia Tech.

The BSA presents black cultural, social, and educational programs through speakers and celebrity acts such as Dick Gregory, Ruby Dee and Ozzie Davis, and the poet Gwendolyn Brooks. An annual program is presented each January, honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The organization also sponsors orientation weekends twice a year with the Admissions Office to help attract minority students to Virginia Tech. The orientation weekend during Spring quarter is highlighted by the annual Black Cultural Awareness Week, as the members of the BSA provide high school students with insights on the academic and social life at Virginia Tech. Also during this special week, the BSA sponsors major speakers and productions that have been planned throughout the year. The Atlanta Dance Theatre and Congressman Ronald Dellums are on the prospective program for this year. These events are usually followed by an annual fashion show and a Black Week Ball, which features the latest trends in fashion and music, respectively.

-- 1981 Bugle, page 242

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