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


The Beginning


Community & Culture


Student Life

Celebrations and Ceremonies

*Black Culture Week
*Black History Week
*Unity and Awards Banquet
*Dr. King's Memorial _Service
*Honorary Degrees





Black Culture Week

In the wake of the acceptance of the 13 demands, Northeastern’s Black Students' Union organized the university’s first Black Culture Week.

During the week of May 13-17, 1968, Northeastern’s campus was rich in African American pride, culture, and art. Crafts, paintings, and carvings were contributed by Nubian Notions, the Boston Negro Artist Association, and other local businesses. African music, played by Northeastern’s student run radio station WNEU, was heard in the university’s student lounge and in various commons. An art exhibit of student paintings was held in the Ell lounge area and in the campus bookstore’s window.

The Black Students' Union organized the event as an expression of identity. They felt that it was necessary not only to reconnect African American students with their culture but also to share their customs with the rest of the university.



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