PUBLISHED:January 30, 2023

BLSA celebrates Black History Month and honors legendary Black leaders


Duke’s Black Law Students Association provides a community of support and shared resources inspired by the achievements of legendary Black women and men.

For nearly 50 years, America has designated February as Black History Month, an occasion to honor and celebrate the contributions made by Black people to all aspects of American life. President Gerald Ford officially recognized this annual observance in 1976, calling on Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

Duke Law School is observing Black History Month by spotlighting the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), a student organization that has existed at the Law School for more than 15 years. Managed by an executive board, the group provides Black students at the Law School a supportive community, mentorship and professional networking opportunities, academic training and workshops, and social activities.

Members shared why BLSA has been an integral part of their law school experience and why Black history continues to inspire them. Across Duke’s Campus, the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture is hosting a wide array of Black History Month events. Click here to view the list.