50 years ago, on November 26, 1969, the UNC Charlotte Black Student Union (BSU) was finally recognized as an official UNC Charlotte student organization when the Student Legislature unanimously approved the Black Student Union's constitution.
This ended a 9-month stalemate that had begun when the Student Government Association (SGA) refused to recognize the BSU in February of that year. In response, African American students issued the “10 Demands of the Black Student Union” and staged the most consequential student protest in UNCC history.
Following the protest that March, the BSU repeatedly submitted new versions of their constitution to the Judicial Committee, only for the Student Legislature to reject it each time and send it back to committee.
In this oral history audio clip, alumna and & BSU member Dorothy Dae discusses the difficulties they had with the SGA and she describes how they were finally approved on this day 50 years ago.
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