PREAMBLE, FROM THE FIRST VERSION OF THE B.A.C. CONSTITUTION:
WE THE AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT POPULATION OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY AT CARBONDALE, ESTABLISH THE BLACK AFFAIRS COUNCIL AND ENACT THIS CONSTITUTION IN ORDER TO COORDINATE THE CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND SOCIAL NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY.
In 1968, there was an organization called the Black Student Union, also known as B.S.U. The Black Student Union gained awareness by bringing attention to issues that affected minority students, specifically African-Americans. It became the official organization that represented the interests and needs of the black students on Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus.
As more African-Americans birthed more organizations, B.S.U. shifted their mission to address the cultural, social, educational, and political concerns of black students here at S.I.U.C. and within the local community. When their mission changed so did their title.
In 1972, the Black Affairs Council, otherwise known as B.A.C., was established. BAC has as a priority to serve as the coordinating force for all Black Registered Student Organization. Bringing together the Black RSO leadership, the officers and staff of the BAC provide oversight, unified agendas and can speak on behalf of its constituencies.
Today, B.A.C. continues on a mission to provide influence and input into all aspects of the university’s system on behalf of the African-American student entity at S.I.U.C.
A PEOPLE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR PAST HISTORY, ORIGIN AND CULTURE IS LIKE A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS.
– MARCUS GARVEY