A Campus Divided: Black Arts Groups at Boston College

Editor’s Note: Black students make up 4 percent of the Boston College student body. Despite limited representation throughout campus—in classes, in student organizations, and at events—black students compose a significant portion of the arts community at BC: 3 of 16 dance groups—Presenting Africa To You (PATU), Sexual Chocolate, and Females Incorporating Sisterhood Through Step (F.I.S.T.S.)—are historically black student groups, and Black Experience in America Through Song (B.E.A.T.S.) exists as 1 of 10 a cappella groups.

These groups have exhibited distinct tenacity as student organizations intended to provide a space for black students to express themselves through art on a campus often divided by acts of racism and hatred.  

-Kaylie Ramirez, Arts Editor