Unity. Dedication. Love.

Celebrating 50 years of the Black Student Coalition at Davidson College.

The Black Student Coalition (BSC) was initiated on the Davidson campus in the late 60s and early 70s. The BSC was autonomously founded by students in 1967 and officially chartered in 1971. One of the founders, Lester Strong '72, recalls the group “initially involved having gatherings among ourselves at our designation house as well as road trips to Johnson C. Smith University.” Fifty years later this organization remains a source of community for many students on the Davidson campus. Throughout spring 2021, 50th-anniversary events will take place to celebrate the many contributions and achievements of this organization over the years as well as to look at the future of BSC. The celebration kicked off with this published article.    

About the Black Student Coalition

The Black Student Coalition (BSC) was established to maintain a spirit of solidarity and support among the Black students of Davidson College; to recognize the contributions of Black persons to the college; and to embrace the diverse origins of the Davidson community. The organization is still a visible presence on campus.

Davidson Connect Black Student Coalition 50th Anniversary Group

Alumni, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join the BSC 50th Anniversary group in Davidson Connect as a way to dialogue and share thoughts about the celebration.

Davidson Connect BSC 50th Anniversary Group

Stories Yet to Be Told: Race, Racism and Accountability on Campus

Please take time to explore Stories (Yet) to Be Told, an initiative that supports and develops projects that investigate race, racism, and accountability on campus. Alongside primary objectives to transform campus spaces (physical, virtual, and temporal) into sites for engaging with such themes, the initiative prioritizes creating a counter-history/archive centered around the experiences and contributions of students, faculty, staff, and alumni of color. The initiative will help confront and overcome gaps, omissions, and silences through stories told, untold, and yet told. We encourage Alumni interested in learning more about getting involved to contact Digital Projects Fellow Maurice J. Norman ’20 at manorman@davidson.edu.


Want to help with the planning? Have questions about the celebration? Contact alumni@davidson.edu for more information or questions.

This celebration is a collaborative effort of the Black Student Coalition (BSC), Davidson Black Alumni Network (DBAN), E.H. Little Library, College Communications and Office of Alumni and Family Engagement.