BSM Facts & Articles

  • The advisor of the Black Student Movement is the Vice Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
  • In 1955, the first black undergraduate students (John Brandon, LeRoy Frasier and Ralph Frasier) were admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Due to unfavorable conditions, the men were forced out of Carolina and graduated from nearby North Carolina Central University.Harvey E. Beech became the first black student to graduate from UNC in May 1952.
  • In 1960, David B. Dansby (first black undergraduate to earn a degree from Carolina) led a non-violent picketing protest in front of Franklin Street businesses.
  • In the fall of 1967, when BSM was founded, there were less than half of a percent of Black students out of all the students at Carolina. Only 113 black students were enrolled at Carolina out of 13,352
  • On November 7, 1967, the Black Student Movement was created after breaking away from the UNC Chapter of the NAACP.
  • BSM brought the prominent civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael to campus in 1967.
  • After the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, BSM members burned a confederate flag in front Kappa Alpha House.
  • BSM members supported the food workers strike in 1969. It was concerning the unfair labor practices of the University.  It lasted for almost a month and involved table overturning, a “soul food cafeteria” in Manning, picket lines, and the involvement of North Carolina Highway Patrol).  A second strike happened later in the year.  Reverend Ralph Abernathy came to support.
  • In 1970 a white biker gang called the “Storm Troopers” killed James Cates, a black student (not at UNC), during a knife fight after an integrated homecoming dance.  They were allegedly associated with Nazis and were acquitted.  Buildings were firebombed as a result.
  • On March 2nd, 1972, Richard Epps was elected the first Black Student Body President at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • In 1974, BSM was sued by two graduate students who alleged that BSM only allowed African Americans to join so they should receive student funds.  They claimed BSM violated the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which is false.
  • In 1977 and 1978 BSM published “Ebony Images” due to the insufficient coverage of African Americans in the “Yackety Yack.
  • In 1992, Spike Lee came in support of a freestanding Black Cultural Center at UNC after two decades of sit-ins, protests, fundraising, and construction the Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center opened in 2004.
  • “Opeyo,” BSM's dance company, means "Beyond the Horizon" in Swahili
  • “Upendo,” the meeting room of the Black Student Movement, means "Love" in Swahili.
  • "Uhuru Ni Upinduzi," BSM's slogan, means "Freedom through Revolution" in Swahili.
  • Search for BSM History through old UNC yearbooks
  • Part III: The BSM and the Foodworkers' Strike
  • Students to march on Franklin Street for Trayvon Martin
  • UNC students demonstrate solidarity for Trayvon Martin
  • Trayvon Martin’s memory was honored at UNC with a Franklin Street march
  • UNC students call for justice for Trayvon Martin
  • Removing the AFAM department is the wrong approach
  • Past BSM members return for 45th anniversary