Black Graduate Student Association is established
The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) was established in 1986 to provide “a cross-academic line-and-support network” for African American graduate students.
On December 4, the BGSA was granted a charter by the Graduate Student Association. At the time there were an estimated 300 African American graduate students at the University.
Elizabeth Lewis-Brooks, Andrew Jackson, Catherine Lyons, Morgan Laury, Laverne Gyant, Lennox Jackson, Jacqueline Smith and and John Barnes were among the founders of the group.