• The Black Student Union hosts a cookout every semester at the Black Cultural Center
  • BSU participated in Take Back the Night with the Alice Drum Women's Center
  • BSU celebrates Kwanzaa typically at our last meeting of the Fall Semester
  • BSU collaborated on an event with Delta Sigma Theta Inc. and OSPGD on an event earlier this spring
  • The Black Student Union brought Dr. Yusef Salaam to speak at Common Hour on February 26, 2020. Dr. Salaam was one of the five men falsely accused of a crime and spent seven years imprisoned. Dr. Salaam and the other men accused are the focus on Ava DuVernay's Netflix Series "When They See Us"
  • During Black History Month, the BSU takes students, faculty, and professional staff to Washington, D.C. to go to the National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Members of the Black Student Union had an opportunity to speak with Black Alumni after the Rat is Speaking Common Hour
  • The Black Student Union purchased tickets and provided transportation for students to watch the Black Panther when the movie was in theaters.

Programming Events  

The Black Student Union hosts a variety of programming events throughout the year, including: 

  • Welcome B(l)ack Cookout 
  • Umoja: BSU Induction Ceremony 
  • Annual Chicken & Waffles Homecoming Brunch 
  • Collaborations with Academic Departments 
  • Kwanzaa 
  • Ample Community Service Opportunities 
  • Trip to African American American History Museum 
  • Themed Weekly Dinners at the Dining Hall During Black History Month 
  • Events with the Office of Student & Post Graduate Development (OSPGD) 
  • Spring Cookout 
  • Black Graduation 
  • And Many More!

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  • BSU members traveled to DC for the March on Washington following Trump's Inauguration
  • BSU member participating in the march
  • BSU members participate in the March on Washington

Black Student Union: BLACK PEOPLE are being MURDERED- brutalized is an understatement

We, the Black Student Union, assert our full support of the protests, uprisings, and warranted responses to the murder of George Floyd and the countless Black people who have fallen victim to the Violence of white supremacy. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and we have the right to be.  BLACK PEOPLE are being MURDERED- brutalized...

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How F&M’s Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Failed Black Students

By Chan Tov  Last November, in response to repeated instances of racially-inflammatory statements on the social media app Yik Yak, F&M hosted an Uncommon Hour conversation on race, racial discrimination, and racial tension on campus. The conversation began with a brave African American male student who recounted his experiences of being called...

Blink Twice

Blink twice if you’re tired of your white ass professors! If you’ve blinked… continue reading. Recent statements released by Franklin & Marshall College highlight an increase in student diversity on campus, but all fail to address the true meaning of diversity within the student experience. As Black and Brown students, we are exhausted from...



The Black Student Union has been a central place for Black activism on campus since our creation in 1975. We support the activism of our Black students and hope to spark change on campus and bring light to issues that affect the Black Community. 

Black History Timeline at F&M 










Story 10/12/2021

Research Fair: The Power in Engaging the Community Through...

What happens when art and civic engagement meet? Senior Sarah Sutter spent her summer showing how effective, and important, it is when they do. 

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Story 7/30/2021

Alumni Gifts Support Black Cultural Center

"Place can matter." H. Art Taylor, Esq., ’80 is a firm believer in that principle. It’s the motivation for recent gifts from multiple donors toward Black Cultural Center renovations.

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Common Hour - Fueling the Fire: Racism Highlighted in the flame of COVID
Story 10/7/2020

Fueling the Fire: Racism Highlighted in the flame of COVID

This event is a panel discussion regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has exposed another pandemic in this country: systemic racism. We want to examine at this time how COVID-...

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Story 2/19/2014

Civil Rights Week Events at F&M

For Civil Rights Week, which starts Feb. 24, Franklin & Marshall College is offering a series of events in which to discuss and reflect. 

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