The legacy of the Black Student Alliance at Smith College begins in the late 1890s, when Smith's first African-American students, Otelia Cromwell, Class of 1900, and Ethel and Helen Chestnutt, Class of 1901, attended. 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.