UO Black Student Union
UO students created the Black Student Union (BSU) in 1966 to foster activism regarding issues of racial discrimination on campus. The BSU promoted Black culture and history through talks, film festivals, and social events.
GRIEVANCES AND DEMANDS
In April 1968, the Black Student Union submitted a list of grievances and demands to UO President Arthur Flemming. One demand—to grow Black enrollment—produced Project 75, a program that provided academic scholarships to 75 Black students.
Despite the initial response to the 1968 demands, little changed at the UO. Nearly 50 years later, in 2015, Black students submitted an eerily similar list of demands to UO President Michael Schill. The lack of Black students and faculty remains a pressing issue.
Percentage of Black students at UO in 1974 (earliest data available)