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[SGA president, Mark Blade]

SGA President, Mark Blade, 1974

By the 1970s, ISU leaders faced various student demands, including demands to address issues of race and to provide centers for African American students.  It was during this time period that numerous ISU African American student groups emerged in the 1960s and especially in the 1970s including historic African American Greek Sororities and Fraternities like Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, as well as the non-Greek Black Student Union (BSU).  These student organizations not only created a place for African American students on campus, but in the case of the BSU, also fought for the development of what is now the African American Cultural Center and the creation of the African and African American Studies program.