On April 4, 1968, GT Afro-American Association (GTAAA) was founded in fulfillment of an unspoken promise to their spiritual ancestors. Although Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination was the catalyst that birthed this organization, its origin was deeply rooted in the struggles and victories of our ancestors.
Throughout its almost 51 year history, GTAAA, now known as the African American Student Union (AASU), has provided a social outlet and a means for advocacy for all Black students on Georgia Tech’s campus, the Atlanta community, and the nation.
The African American Student Union has five fundamental responsibilities: to provide a voice for black students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, to promote social and cultural awareness in the Georgia Tech community,, to improve and maintain relationships between African-American students and students of other ethnic backgrounds, to provide a social and cultural outlet for its members, and to take an active part in the activities of the Institute. We go about attending to these responsibilities within the framework set fourth by our Eight Pillars of Unity: Self Cultural Awareness, Effective Leadership, Community Service, Scholarship, Coalition Building, Social Awareness, Political Awareness, and Economic Empowerment. With AASU: A New Generation, AASU plans to lay the groundwork for the future of AASU by honing in on two main pillars (Effective Leadership and Coalition Building), becoming a pillar in not only Georgia Tech’s community but in the surrounding community, and finally by driving all of these goals in three main chapters: Connection & Communication, Efficiency & Execution, and Impact & Inspire.