A founding father of OU diversity efforts, Dr. Manuel H. Pierson begins a 28 year mission to promote diversity and equal opportunity for students, staff, and faculty.
Dr. Pierson held several challenging administrative positions at OU. During his tenures as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Special Projects; Associate Dean of Student Services, and Assistant Vice President, Dr. Pierson led many diversity and equal opportunity initiatives, including Upward Bound and Project 20.
Dr. Pierson dies February 13, 2006. The University holds a memorial on March 16th. His colleagues and friends recalls his achievements during the 14th Annual Keeper of the Dream Banquet at OU. Dr Pierson's pioneering spirits lives on in Oakland's continuing mission of diversity and inclusiveness.
The Black Liberation Caucus is dedicated to the liberation of black people and is guided by the principles of black revolutionary nationalism and pan-Africanism. We are committed to a struggle against racism, capitalism, and imperialism both in the U.S. and internationally, especially on the African continent.According to a James D. Graham essay, "The Revolution Was Not Televised: Perspectives from the Banks of Beer Lake, 1969-1975," by 1974 BLC morphed into the "more inclusive" student organization: Association of Black Students. However, Kresge Library archive documents (an October 23, 1969 article about ABS information day event for prospective students and a photo of the ABS from the 1969 OU yearbook ascendent 69) indicate that ABS had been in existence since 1969. Most likely ABS regained its position as the official voice of OU African American students during this period.