African American Activism & Experience at Northeastern University, 1963 - 1978


The Beginning


Community & Culture


Thirteen Demands

Black Panther Protest

Financial Aid Sit-in


*Committee on Black Community Concerns
*African-American Institute
*Department of African-American Studies
*Affirmative Action Office


Committee on Black Community Concerns

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 promised.

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.


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Progress Report

Progress Report


Letter to Pres. Knowles

Letter to Pres. Knowles