Today is May 3rd, 2016. On this day 48 years ago, students and supporters stood up (and sat down) for the rights of African-Americans at Northwestern University. Whether that makes today a holiday of sorts for NUBAA, FMO, Northwestern, or all of the above, it means this day is an important one for everyone affiliated with Northwestern.
If it hadn’t crossed your mind that today was that day, it’s ok (and it’s not). To some extent, that’s a testament to the progress that’s been made. However, that doesn’t render our history irrelevant, and in fact, we’d recommend you start remembering and acknowledging this day. It truly has held meaning for all of our lives and all that our lives have become.
As we (still) await action on the recommendations of the Black House Listening Group, we remind you that on this day in 2018, NUBAA’s year-long Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Bursar’s Office Takeover will be approaching its grand finale. The committee is energetically at work to make the event one of the most memorable in Northwestern’s history.
In the meantime, reach out to a fellow Wildcat, and make today and tomorrow an occasion to reflect and celebrate. Even you’re in the group that has moved on and doesn’t necessarily place the same value on history as others, from whence we came still needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. In fact, if you’re available and inclined, join NUBAA and the students on campus this evening at 6 pm for our annual spring Throwback Tuesday event in Norris, Room 207. There will be fellowship, mentoring and other activities. Come and be a part of it all.
As was the case in 1968, there are still many Wildcats and supporters hard at work to ensure that you have the ongoing privilege to enjoy the best possible approximation of a normal yet culturally sensitive Northwestern experience. On behalf of NUBAA, to those that stood for our rights then and labor to preserve them now, thank you.
We are Northwestern.