The BSA Celebrates 51 Years

BSA Wigginton
BSA President Russ Wigginton giving a Speech in 1987

As the BSA has grown in numbers over the past years, so has its on-campus and alumni recognition. For the past two consecutive years, the BSA has been awarded “Program of the Year” by Campus Life Awards for its Annual Convocation event. It has also received the “Organization of the Year” award in 2018 for its phenomenal programming. Furthermore, as the BSA reached its 50th anniversary in 2019, it hosted the BSA 50th Banquet, celebrating alumni and current students.  

For Kerri Campbell ’02, the Director of Community Relations at Rhodes College, these joint alumni and student events are the highlight of her homecoming experience, as she looks forward to meeting current BSA students and learning of the BSAs new programs: “Celebrations like the BSA homecoming reception serve to energize the African American alumni base, and allow us to connect with students on a deeper, more personal level around our shared experiences. I am looking forward to seeing BSA and the Black Alumni Chapter continue to build upon and foster a deep, empowering connection.” 

1983 BSA members
BSA Members in 1983

With the conclusion of Black History Month, the BSA hosted its annual convocation Friday, February 28 in the Bryan Campus Life Center Ballroom. A celebratory banquet open to all students, faculty, and alumni, the annual convocation serves as the culmination of the beautiful iterations of blackness that the BSA witnesses. Featuring this year’s theme “New Era, Celebrating our Legacy,” this convocation focused on displaying the excellence of BSA students and black leaders to come. 

The banquet featured two alumni keynote speakers, Brandon Johnson ’19 and Chloe Moore ’16. It also included a dance performance by the Rhodes Majorette Squad along with spoken word performances.  

By: Mariam Khayata '22
Political Science and International Studies Major
Diversity and Inclusion RSG Committee Chair
Digital Content Associate, Rhodes College Alumni Relations

Images taken during convocation

2020 BSA Convocation Event Image 1
2020 BSA Convocation Event Image
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2020 BSA Convocation Event Image
2020 BSA Convocation Event Image 3
2020 BSA Convocation Event Image