Brotherhood Day was first held at Penn State on May 6, 1981. The purpose of the program was to “enhance awareness of the positive results of unity and the negative effects of racism and separatism to the Penn State community.”
Originally conceived by the East Halls Black Student Union and the East Halls Residence Association, the program quickly expanded to a campus-wide event.
Chaired by Darnell Daisey, Brotherhood Day offered various seminars, panel sessions, and contests. It was also responsible for bringing speakers such as Julian Bond, Benjamin Hooks, and Martin Luther King, III to campus over the next three years.