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

Pitt’s African American Alumni Council and the University administration held a town hall Thursday night via Zoom.

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.

African American Alumni Council buries time capsule for Black History Month

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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

Black Action Society celebrates 50 years

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.

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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