BGSU Magazine Summer 2010
When Anna Mae Thomas became the first African American woman to graduate from BGSU in 1943, two decades would pass before Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. It was 26 years until students formed the Black Student Union on campus, and 66 years before Barack Obama became the nation’s first African American president.
For the first half of BGSU’s century of existence, minority students came to campus eager for an education, but they were also realistic. They knew they would receive a quality education, but opportunities for socialization and other campus activities were minimal. Fraternities and sororities were out of reach and programs and services directly associated with multiculturalism or diversity were nonexistent.
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