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.
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Keynote Address by Tara Setmayer.
Tara Setmayer is a CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill. She is currently the host of Honestly Speaking with Tara, podcast.
Tara regularly appears on CNN’s prime time programs and contributes to ABC’s The View, Good Morning America and HBO’s Real Time w/Bill Maher.
Performance by the Syncopated Ladies
VIRAL FEMALE TAP SENSATIONS. FIERCE FOOTWORK. FEMALE FORCE!
Syncopated Ladies is a Female Tap Dance Band from Los Angeles, CA created by EMMY AWARD NOMINATED, tap dancer and choreographer, Chloe Arnold, protege of Debbie Allen.
Syncopated Ladies' viral videos have amassed over 50 million views. They have worked with Mega star Beyonce, FOX's So You Think You Can Dance as the winner of the first dance crew battle, performed on Good Morning America, at the US OPEN, and they have also performed to sold-out audiences in their full-length concert, "Syncopated Ladies: Live”
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- Ailey II
- Justin Kauflin
- Borinquen Dance Theatre
- Sister Outsider
- Kelly Hall Tompkins
- Craig Ketter
- Curtis Babers
- THREE MO’ TENORS
- The Meeting – a play by Jeff Stetson
- Joshua Bennett
- Garth Fagan Dance Company
- David Johnson