Committee on Black
Of the 13
demands African American students presented to President Asa S.
Knowles on May 3, 1968, the last one may have been the most important.
It called for establishing a committee of faculty, administrators, and
African American students to "institute, view, and report on the
university's implementation" of the other demands. Thus, the Committee
on Black Community Concerns was formed. Northeastern's African American
students realized that the Committee on Black Community Concerns was
imperative; if their demands were to be met, there needed to be a group
in place to ensure that the university followed through on all it had
Because students on the committee
worked closely with faculty and administrators, the students came to
understand that in addition to the 13
demands there were other issues they needed to address, there was
more to attain. It was with this understanding that the seeds of the
Department of African-American
Studies and the African-American
Institute were planted and grew into fruition.