Boston University’s black alumni and students are known around the world for making history, inspiring communities, and setting examples for us all to follow—from the educational and professional pioneers of the nineteenth century, to the Civil Rights activists of the 1950s, to participants in the legacy-continuing programs of today.

What follows is a timeline of black Boston University alumni who have made particularly notable achievements and meaningful events in BU’s black history. Use the left-hand navigation to explore the legacy chronologically.

Be a part of the legacy!

Share a point in BU’s black history that’s meaningful to you using the black legacy submission form. Entries will be edited for length and content, with full attribution given to the submitter.