The University of Minnesota has its own rich black history, including the Morrill Hall takeover in 1969 and the establishment of the African-American studies department. These events mark the beginning of a strong black student culture that still exists today in student groups like the Black Student Union, Afrocentric departments and courses, and black Greek organizations.
Nationally, there are nine historically black Greek letter organizations (the "Divine Nine"), and the U of M has seven of these: fraternities Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Apha Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Phi Beta Sigma, and sororities Zeta Phi Beta, Delta sigma Theta, and Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Huntley House is a Living Learning Community in the 17th Avenue Residence Hall, dedicated to African American freshman males, bringing together students with a shared interest in leadership to form a community of talented and motivated students.
Charlotte's Home is a Living Learning Community that strives to support the academic, social, and personal endeavors of Black women through community building, leadership, identity exploration and personal growth to ensure their success during their time here at the University of Minnesota and thereafter. This house is named after Charlotte Crump Poole. Charlotte was a student activist at the University of Minnesota in the 1930's who fought against housing discrimination on campus.
If you are interested in exploring African American culture, then you can study history, art, literature, and policy as part of your academic experience through the African American and African Studies major or minor.
"The Black Student Union (BSU) has been very instrumental to my success on campus. It offered me a smaller community within a larger campus, allowed me the space to build my leadership experience, and supported me in pursuing my goals and passions. But at the core, the BSU is a family for me--a second home."
-Amber Jones, former president, BSU
Get in touch with the Coordinator for African-American Recruitment!