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The Black Action Society and the African American Alumni Council hosted a virtual commemoration on Sunday of the BAS 1969 computer center takeover.

BAS, AAAC commemorate 1969 computer center takeover with virtual sit-in

By Betul Tuncer, Assistant News Editor January 18, 2022
Black Pitt students staged a 1969 sit-in to demand changes for Black students and faculty on campus. The Black Action Society and the African American Alumni Council hosted a Saturday virtual sit-in to commemorate the historic computer center takeover’s 53rd anniversary.
The African American Alumni Council held a webinar on Saturday titled “Activism Through the Decades.” The panel — made up of Black students, alumni and community leaders — focused on student and alumni activism and was open to questions from the audience.

Pitt African American Alumni Council hosts webinar on student, alumni activism

By Donata Massimiani, For The Pitt News September 21, 2021
The African American Alumni Council held a webinar on Saturday titled, “Activism Through the Decades.” The panel — made up of Black students, alumni and community leaders — focused on student and alumni activism and was open to questions from the audience.
Pitt’s African American Alumni Council and the University administration held a town hall Thursday night via Zoom.

‘They wanted to be seen’: African American Alumni Council discusses BAS demands, racial justice efforts

By Punya Bhasin and Rebecca Johnson October 23, 2020
Nearly 50 years after the Black Action Society’s famous Cathedral of Learning sit-in to demand campus reforms, Nicole Parks said Thursday it’s “sad” that BAS and 17 other Black student organizations were forced to make similar demands this summer.
The African American Alumni Council celebrated the burying of numerous artifacts and archives in the form of books, essays and files from as early as 1968 in the first time capsule buried at the University since 1999.

African American Alumni Council buries time capsule for Black History Month

By Priya Ray, Staff Writer February 28, 2020
The African American Alumni Council gathered Thursday to bury a time capsule containing artifacts from the legacies of African-American individuals at Pitt.
Alumni Ronald Morris, class of 1978 administration of justice major (left), and Henry Davis, class of 1976 history and economics major, pose in front of the Black Action Society History Display in the William Pitt Union on Friday afternoon.

Black alumni, students dedicate time capsule to be opened in 2069

By Carolyn Brodie, Staff Writer October 27, 2019
If all goes according to plan, black Pitt students will open a time capsule in 2069 containing physical reminders of black activism on campus. 
The front page of The Pitt News on Jan. 16, 1969, details an agreement between Black Action Society and the University for improved treatment of students of color. The photo (top) shows police preventing black students from entering the Cathedral.

Black Action Society celebrates 50 years

By Madeline Gavatorta , Staff Writer October 8, 2018
Pitt's Black Action Society celebrated 50 years this Saturday with “Blue, Gold and Black: Fifty Years of Pride, Progress and Partnership.”
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