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
F.I.S.T.S.: Bringing Sisterhood To Showdown F.I.S.T.S. serves as a close-knit community for women, especially women of color, at Boston College
B.E.A.T.S.: A Decade of Artistry and Activism As the only soul and R&B a cappella group at Boston College, B.E.A.T.S.
PATU: Winning Trophies With Tradition PATU has transformed from a club offering mentorship to African Diaspora students to a Showdown-winning dance team.