Sadly and tellingly, pictures of black student life at Rice are few and far between. Someone usually took photos at the annual Martin Luther King Day vigils and there are posed shots of African American students for brochures but only handful of genuinely relaxed and natural images. So it was a satisfying surprise to run across a batch of negatives of this happy scene. It appears to be a dance competition pitting the Rice Black Student Association against the University of Houston chapter of the prominent black fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha:
The audience seems to be having a good time too:
If by chance you’ve got any pictures of black student life at Rice we’d love to have copies.
Bonus: There’s a whole city out there.