Membership in The Black United Students was, and still is; open to ALL students at Kent State University who are willing to struggle for the educational, cultural, political, and social advancement of African peoples throughout the world.


The Black Student movement began at Kent State University in the fall of 1967. On January 17th, the United Christian fellowship and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sponsored a lecture by Henry Austin, Public Relations Director of the Deacons of Defense. Austin challenged Black Students to “unite and stand up” in an effort to organize themselves. In April, after three months of operating underground … Black United Students became a registered organization at Kent State University. Acquiring the distinction of becoming the FIRST student founded organization on the campus of Kent State University, as well as the FIRST Student founded Black Nationalist Organization. In a matter of months, the organization literally went from nonexistent to being the most powerful student group on campus.

Our Mission Statement

Black United Students, hereafter referred to as B.U.S., was officially founded on May 21st, 1968. The underlying philosophy of Black United Students is to serve and unify all Black Students at Kent State University by addressing their needs. It seeks to identify relevant issues and initiate appropriate action in order to reduce or eliminate any impediments believed to be adverse to students and their continued well-being and matriculation. This shall be accomplished by providing educational, cultural, and social programs/activities which relate to past, present, and future goals and aspirations of Black people. Furthermore, it seeks to provide enriching experiences and assuring the continuing development of a progressive environment which is conducive to Black Students in their quest to obtain an enriching, high-quality education.


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Congratulations to the 2009-2010 Executive board of Black United Students!!!

President: Dylan Sellers

Vice President: Dierre Clift

Executive Secretary: Jazmine Beidleman

Executive Treasurer: Bryan Gadson


Academic Affairs: Harry Fowler

Community Affairs: Ebonie Parks

Public Relations: Michael Stover

Political Affairs: Adrianna Midamba

Historian: Antonio Stephenson


Announcement to all writers, poets and individuals with opinions! Black United Student is currently accepting BlackWatch Articles and entries! please Submit to Vice President Dierre Clift via e-mail at Dclift@kent.edu.


Congratulations to all graduating BUS board members and constituents! for all who are returning next semester, have a wonderful summer vacation!!!!!. Be sure to check us out when the fall semester begins for upcoming events and activities!




39th Annual Renaissance Ball


First President of BUS comes back to speak at 40th year Anniversary


39th Annual Renaissance Ball