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Expressions of King's Legacy

  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
  • Expressions of King's Legacy
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (All day)
Full Page Event

HISTORY

The Black Awareness Coordinating Committee (BACC) was formed during the Spring 1969 quarter at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The purpose of the group was "to foster and sustain an awareness of Black people being an integral part of our nation's society."  

In 1977, the organization touted itself as being the only organization "run exclusively for and by minority students." At the time, the groups membership consists mostly of Black and Puerto Rican undergraduates, though several graduate students belonged to the organization as well. Some of the programs sponsored by BACC included a Black student orientation, Black Awareness Week, and Educational Day. Educational Day was designed to introduce inner city high school students to the world of higher education. Throughout the years, the group sponsored various events such as a presentation by Dick Gregory, a talk on Frederick Douglass, and a memorial celebration in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1991 when the Commission for Promoting Pluralism was established, partnering with BACC to deliver the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.  That April, the Commission held what was then called the Conference on Racism.  Twenty years later, in 2002, the Commission renamed the conference to the Expressions of Diversity Conference.  Then in 2010, the Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King was combined into a week-long celebration named: Expressions of King’s Legacy.  Which was led by the President’s Commission on Pluralism and Inclusion held in January.  2012 marks the year that this program was moved under the Office for Diversity & Inclusion, continuing with the name of Expressions of King’s Legacy.  Many campus members played an important role in the start of this celebration and the continuing of it as the longest standing diversity program at RIT.

Tara Setmayer
2019 Keynote: Tara Setmayer

To read more about Tara click here! 

More Information

Join us Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 12:00pm!

More information to come.

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
2018 Keynote: Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Please take a look at the recap of our keynote program!

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Fredricka Whitfield
2017 Keynote: Fredricka Whitfield

Thank you for making our 35th Anniversary one to remember! 

Andrew Young
2016 Keynote: Andrew Young
  • Ailey II
  • Justin Kauflin
  • Borinquen Dance Theatre
Soledad O’Brien
2015 Keynote: Soledad O’Brien
  • Sister Outsider
  • Kelly Hall Tompkins
  • Craig Ketter
Tavis Smiley
2014 Keynote: Tavis Smiley
  • Curtis Babers
Julianne Malveaux
2013 Keynote: Julianne Malveaux
  • THREE MO’ TENORS
  • The Meeting – a play by Jeff Stetson
Cornell West
2012 Keynote: Cornell West
  • Joshua Bennett
  • Garth Fagan Dance Company
Nicki Giovanni
2011 Keynote: Nicki Giovanni
  • Aeolian
  • David Johnson