Black BC: A History of the Black Experience at Boston College

Black BC Walking Tour is an interactive tour that allows online and mobile users to discover and explore black BC’s complex history on campus, in Boston, and in the nation. It mines anecdotal and informal resources as well as BC archives to commemorate the presence and contributions of black BC, and to document how this community participates in Boston’s black communities. The site is also a resource for BC students, faculty, staff, alums, and scholars who conduct research on race.

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19 March 1965 - James Farmer, National Director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), spoke at BC’s Law School Forum about the struggle for equality. He stated that it could be achieved through two goals: to “tear down the walls of racism”…

20 March 1989: Jesse Jackson Announcment Jesse Jackson will speak in Conte Forum on April 26 at 2:00pm, announced UGBC last week. UGBC received the written letter of confirmation from the National Rainbow Coalition last Friday, said UGBC…

1937: Lou Montgomery (BC ’41) became BC’s first black athlete as a running back for the football team” (Allie Weiskopf, "Ahead of their time," The Heights)

16 October 2017 - Two students found their “Black Lives Matters” signs vandalized in Roncalli. The same weekend, a screenshot of a Snapchat comparing Black slaves to a burnt sandwich circulated through the student body. Students gathered in O'Neill…

7 April 1967 – BC students may yet become conditioned to having concerts cancelled after being assured that all the contracts had been duly signed. This familiar sequence was reenacted last week when the much publicized James Brown concert fell…