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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.
Student organizations discuss mental health experiences across communities of color

Student organizations discuss mental health experiences across communities of color

By Colm Slevin, Senior Staff Writer November 10, 2021
Student organizations representing various communities of color gathered late last month to discuss their experiences with mental health both within their own community, as well as those that are shared across many communities.
Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer, spoke at a Pitt Program Council event Tuesday night at the William Pitt Union.

‘Better world for our children’: Crump discusses injustice in America

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer October 6, 2021
Pitt Program Council and the Black Action Society hosted civil rights lawyer Ben Crump on Tuesday night at the William Pitt Union. Crump discussed the difficulties Black people face in America and the ways people need to demand justice.
Destiny Mann, the president of the Black Action Society at Pitt. Mann said BAS’s overall goal is to ensure that Black students at Pitt feel welcome on campus, and know that their voices and needs are heard.

Black Action Society works to hold Pitt accountable, advocate for Black students on campus

By Betul Tuncer, Staff Writer September 28, 2021
Destiny Mann, president of the Black Action Society, said because Pitt is a predominantly white institution, it is important that BAS helps bring Black students together.
The Black Lives in Focus initiative aims to celebrate and showcase Black lives, voices and experiences in an engaging and direct way. As part of one of their exhibitions, various artwork is now on large scale display along the Omicron Delta Kappa walkway of the Cathedral lawn.

Black Lives in Focus art exhibition opens on Cathedral lawn

By Maria Scanga, Staff Writer September 9, 2021
Artwork by local Pitt artists focusing on Black lives are now on large-scale display along the Omicron Delta Kappa walkway of the Cathedral lawn, the space between the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel.
The Black Action Society: Demanding Change, Then and Now

The Black Action Society: Demanding Change, Then and Now

Throughout this year, members of Black Action Society have led the charge in creating a more inclusive and anti-racist campus.
Mikala Aleksandruk: Just one of God’s children

Mikala Aleksandruk: Just one of God’s children

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor April 15, 2021
Mikala Aleksandruk is the president of Some of God’s Children Gospel Choir and has led on implementing the Black Senate’s police reform demands, all amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University Senate held a plenary after examining systemic racism and inequality within the Pitt community.

University Senate spring plenary stresses importance of anti-racism and equity at Pitt

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer April 11, 2021
The University Senate held the plenary after a year of examining systemic racism and inequality within the Pitt community. The plenary, which encouraged all students, faculty and staff to attend, had three panels that discussed the inequality within the University and the necessary steps for improving the University.
Laurence Glasco: Studying the people behind history

Laurence Glasco: Studying the people behind history

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer April 8, 2021
Laurence Glasco was offered a job at Pitt in 1969, for what he thought would only be a few years.
A panel met in the evening on Feb. 24  to discuss how the University has and should continue to improve the Black Pitt experience. Clyde Wilson Pickett, the vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, introduced the annual Black History Month event, hosted in honor of Pitt’s very own K. Leroy Irvis.

Black Pitt alumni and students reflect on experiences in ‘Blue, Gold & Black’ panel

By Priya Ray and Ashton Crawley March 8, 2021
A panel of Black Pitt alumni and students met in the evening on Feb. 24 for Pitt’s signature K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month program titled “Blue, Gold & Black: Reflections Of The Black Pitt Experience Through The Years.”
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