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The Black Student Union at UW

History of the BSU at UW

The Black Student Union was founded in early 1968 at a time when very few black students attended the University of Washington. Over the next several years the BSU led campaigns that transformed the University and helped reshape educational opportunities for young people of color in Seattle and throughout Washington state.

We explore these events and their impact in a series of reports by Mark Robinson, Craig Collisson, and Tikia Gilbert.

Here are additional reports that provide information about the history of the BSU :

The Chicano Movement in Washington State, 1967-2006 by Oscar Rosales Castañeda

The Black Panther Party in Seattle 1968-1970 by Kurt Schaefer