The Pan-Afrikan Student Union was first known as the Black Student Union. The Black Student Union was initiated in the Spring of 1968-steming from the One Day in May Visit, a day long event in response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s death and the riots taking place across U.S. (specifically in Minneapolis).
On this day, Augsburg came into direct contact with racism. Classes were cancelled. Faculty, community leaders, staff and students came together to listen, lead, and discuss issues affecting the community.
Community leaders lead the way in bringing key issues to Augsburg’s attention. Issues that would force Augsburg to think about racism, justice, the community and what needed to change.