Founded in 1969 as an ad-hoc operating committee in the Memorial Student Center, the Black Awareness Committee (BAC) took on the charge of addressing issues directly affecting Black Students at Texas A&M University and providing cultural programming for the entire university community.
Although created strictly as a programming committee, at one time BAC was the preeminent voice for Black students, addressing concerns such as infusing more African American culture into the university curriculum, increasing recruitment and retention of African American students and staff; and obtaining more African American literature in the campus library. But, as the campus changed and the student body grew, other Black groups formed, specifically to address Black students concerns, picking up where BAC left off.
In 2004, the organization reestablished itself as the Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee (WBAC), and today, WBAC has returned its focus to educational programming. WBAC continues to focus on the culture, concerns, history and heritage of Black people, but it does so now with a heightened intent to educate and explore. Dr. Woodson was a scholar and a teacher who believed in the power of knowledge.
It is WBAC’s goal to live up to his legacy and educate the entire campus and surrounding communities, exploring opportunities to develop and cultivate informed leaders, enhancing the student experience at Texas A&M University.