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Black Action Society Fundraiser 2019

Raised toward our $1,500 Goal
18 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on April 29, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Black Action Society Fundraiser 2019

Black Action Society

The University of Pittsburgh’s Black Action Society (BAS) is more than a black student union. Ever since the first members of Black Action Society took control of the Cathedral of Learning’s computer lab 50 years ago, BAS has been an action-oriented organization dedicated to serving the black population at Pitt and its surrounding community. The clenched fist has become a symbol of BAS’s undying commitment to the enhancement of the black experience at Pitt. However, the Black Action Society’s impact on the University of Pittsburgh and its community does not stop with just black students. The rich cultural events that BAS hosts benefit members of all races and ethnicities. The true essence of BAS is an enlightening experience that aims to increase perspective, raise awareness, and break down barriers. That is what Black Action Society Stands for.


Our Project

Black Action Society takes great pride in providing some of the best events on Pitt’s campus. Before the start of every school year, BAS plans its annual events and initiatives. Pitt’s Student Government Board allocates funds according to the events stated in the budget. We are able to impact the student body in so many ways with this money. However, there are many more community-serving initiatives and projects that BAS members want to pursue but cannot because they aren’t explicitly listed in the budget. Any event or initiative that we would like host outside of the budget must be paid for via fundraising money. In honor of our 50th anniversary, BAS is running a fundraising campaign to support our creative and innovative programming as well as general operation costs.


With your help, we will have the ability to continue funding the Black Prestige Gala (a formal, festive celebration of the successes of black and minority students for the following years), bring in highly-requested speakers, and grant us the overall financial flexibility for general operating costs. Furthermore, your assistance will enable us to continue aiding our Black peers by awarding annual academic-based scholarships, providing resources for our new mentoring program which pairs Black Pitt students with middle-school students from the Hill District, and funding events that bring the black community together, whether that be speakers, cookouts, or general body meetings. 


How You Can Help

Please consider making a donation to the Black Action Society, and help us continue to serve the Black and minority communities at Pitt and in our Pittsburgh community at large. Your tax-deductible donation will help us enrich the black experience at Pitt and help us celebrate a culture of inclusion.


We would also appreciate if you would share our link via email, word of mouth, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat,  or any other form of media to help us reach our goal. If you have any questions about the fundraiser or BAS in general, please contact our Financial Secretary Olivia Carter at or our president Edenis Augustin at Words can’t express how thankful we are for your support! 


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1900s Black Don’t Crack

The melanin in your skin glows in the sun and has given you a lifetime of youthful radiance. Think Angela Bassett, Pharrell, and Naomi Campbell.


1920s Harlem Renaissance

Not only are you instrumental with BAS, you’re instrumental in ushering in one of the biggest cultural, social, and artistic revolution in the country’s history. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? – Langston Hughes


1960s BAS 50th Anniversary

You are now apart of a historic moment! January 15,1969, marks the historic computer takeover in the Cathedral of Learning when Black students demanded to speak to the Chancellor and went on to establish BAS and the Africana Studies program!



Strap up your adidas’ and walk this way. Like prominent group RUN DMC, you have allowed BAS to set trends and spread messages and resources throughout campus with your donation!


1990s Hip Hop and R&B

You’ve made it to the pinnacle of good music. You’re basking in the Golden Age Hip-Hop and R&B. The only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace and, like him, you’ve clearly got enough to feed the needy (and BAS!)


2010s Wakanda Forever!

You possess the power and strength of Marvel’s first Black superhero featured on the big screen. Like Black Panther, you are helping us break records to bring the best events to campus as possible.


Timeless Black Queen or King

You’ve embraced your rich history and reclaimed your place on the throne. Your grace and strength is matched only by your elegance and wisdom. You are the epitome of Black excellence. May your empire continue to prosper as you continue to inspire the future of our community.

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