The legacy of the Black Students Alliance at Smith College begins in 1898 when the first African American student, Otelia Cromwell, matriculated. Seventy years later the Black Students Alliance (BSA) was officially chartered to "establish for its members a sense of unity and identity within the smaller community of Smith College while at the same time emphasizing their common interest in, and relationship to, the larger black community of the nation." Learn more about the BSA's history through this exhibition.
This exhibition is based on a lecture given by College Archivist Nanci Young on November 2, 2008. Records Services Archivist Leslie Fields created the exhibit.