After he was expelled from Vanderbilt University for his strategic leadership in nonviolent activism to integrate lunch counters in and around Nashville, Tennessee, future civil rights leader James Morris Lawson completes his Bachelor of Divinity at BU’s School of Theology.


John H. Bustamante (LAW’52, CAS’53), was Dr. King’s roommate and later on personal friend and attorney. Dr. King awarded him the SCLC Freedom Award in 1967. They pledged Alpha Phi Alpha while at BU and my father was Alpha Man of The Year in 1979. He later went on to found a bank, own a newspaper, and represent both Carl Stokes and Jesse Jackson. In 1983, he is awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University College of Liberal Arts.

Umoja, meaning “unity” in Swahili, is established in order to represent the needs of Black students through cultural, educational, and recreational programs. Umoja is the first minority organization on campus. Since then, with the emergence of other minority organizations, Umoja remains an all-University organization, and strives to be as representative as possible of the Boston University minority community.


Andrea Taylor, later to become a civic leader and Microsoft’s director for North American community affairs, graduates from the College of Communication—following in the footsteps of mother Della Hardman (GRS’45), father Francis Taylor (CFA’56), and uncles Willard Brown (LAW’35,’36) and Lt. Col. John Taylor (COM’59).


Boston University’s African American Studies Center is founded.

Charlie Thomas (SED’42), is inducted into Boston University Athletics Hall of Fame, after lettering in three sports–baseball, football, and basketball.

David M. French became the first chairman of Boston University’s Department of Community Medicine. French then set his sights on the African continent, believing the community health center model could deliver the crucial primary care so many desperately needed. He and his family spent a decade living in the Ivory Coast as he oversaw a program coordinated by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Boston University that trained health care workers in 20 African countries to set up networks of clinics providing primary and preventive care.

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