The Takeover – The Revolution of the Black Experience at Northwestern University: Request a Viewing!

As part of our planning for the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover, NUBAA conceived and planned a feature-length documentary to full tell the story.

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The Takeover – The Revolution of the Black Experience at Northwestern University accomplishes the following:

  • It tells the story of the conditions leading up to the campus unrest of 1968
  • It tells the story of the events the takeover; and
  • It reviews the results and legacy of the takeover.

We are working with the Northwestern Alumni Association to get copies of the documentary to you. Expect an announcement regarding this very soon. If you’d like to be contacted for a copy of the documentary once it becomes available, please use the contact form below.

Also, NUBAA invites its MultiCity Groups to request events that include screenings of The Takeover. You may also use the contact form for that purpose.

Special thanks to Digital Cafe for bringing the documentary to life, the Northwestern University Provost’s office for their financial support of the project and to the members of the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover for their courage and sacrifice.


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Telling It Like It Was: The 2018 (4th Annual/Commemoration) NUBAA Summit and Salute to Excellence Gala

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The last day of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover was the stage for the 4th Annual NUBAA Summit and Salute to Excellence Gala. The event meant to focus both on key individuals from the Bursar’s Office Takeover and the legacy left by the actions from the takeover.

Photos from the fantastic opening reception were shared in the previous post. Events from the day of May 5th included the following:

  • The NUBAA Summit offered seminars on philanthropy and entrepreneurship.


  • The President’s NUBAA Next Luncheon featured a stirring speech from the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award, Michael Blake who is the Vice-President of the Democratic National Committee.


  • The premiere of the NUBAA conceived and produced documentary, The Takeover – The Revolution of the Black Experience at Northwestern University occurred to a packed house, followed by a stirring panel discussion moderated by acclaimed actor and past NUBAA Salute to Excellence Award recipient Harry Lennix.


  • The NUBAA Salute to Excellence Gala honored a group of our most accomplished alumni, including participants in the Bursar’s Office Takeover.


Enjoy the slide show featuring over 100 photos from this unforgettable day of events. Tomorrow’s post will discuss our documentary in greater detail. Video of the events will eventually be available on and within The NUBAA Archives.


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And… a final special thanks to 2014-2018 NUBAA VP and NUBAA Summit Chairperson for each of the four NUBAA Summits, Sonia Waiters. Thank you for your role in bringing NUBAA Nation to where it is today!


Go Cats!

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The 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover Day Two (May 4) and NUBAA Summit Opening Reception

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Day Two of the NUBAA Commemoration activities picked up from Day One without missing a beat! The energy in the air at Alice Millar Chapel and the Louis Room of Norris University Center was amazing.

If Day Two didn’t bring a tear of joy to your eye, your heart’s in the wrong place! Consider everything that occurred:

  • The Northwestern Community Ensemble began the festivities with a rousing concert, displaying the original and current sounds that have made it a staple of Black culture at Northwestern for almost fifty years.


  • The students took the stage and delivered a theatrical reading and interpretation of the Bursar’s Takeover, based on the book Voices and Visions: The Evolution of the Black Experience at Northwestern University. We’re still wondering if some of the student performers were direct offspring of the B100 participants they were depicting!


  • We convened a historical panel, consisting of Vice President of Students (at the time of the Bursar’s Office takeover) Roland Hines, B100 participant (and former member of the Northwestern Board of Trustees) Wayne Watson and three of the four Deans of the former Department of African-American Student Affairs: Milton Wiggins, Alice Palmer and Karla Spurlock Evans, moderated by NUBAA President Jeffrey Sterling.


  • We held a ceremony honoring the wide variety of individuals impacting the Black experience at Northwestern. The NUBAA50 Luncheon was undoubtedly the largest such collection of historic figures ever assembled, including the picture of many of the attending participants of the Bursar’s Office takeover.


  • To wrap up a historic day, NUBAA took the celebration on the road. Some relaxed and others partied on a yacht diner cruise down Lake Michigan for the NUBAA Summit Opening Reception.


Enjoy the slideshow featuring over 100 pictures from all of the day’s festivities.

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Videos of the events will be posted on and placed in The NUBAA Archives. Go Cats!

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The 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover: Day 1 (May 3rd, 2018)

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After two and a half years of planning (whew!), NUBAA welcomed back over fifty of the members of the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover as well as approximately a thousand participants across the weekend’s activities for the 50th Anniversary of that fateful event.

Day One was very sentimental and emotional. Consider everything that occurred:

  • It began with the returnees taking a tour of campus, with many not having been on campus in over forty years! DSCF0025
  • The Commemoration kicked off in full speed with a high-powered Keynote Symposium featuring NU President Morty Schapiro, NUBAA President Jeffrey Sterling and Bursar’s Office takeover participants Kathryn Ogletree and John Bracey. DSCF7806 (1)
  • The panel was followed by an amazing procession through the courtyard toward The Bursar’s Office. DSCF0062
  • A commemorative plaque that is permanently affixed to the Bursar’s Office was unveiled. DSCF0083
  • We held a short program at Rebecca Crown Center, during which a stirring poem “We Were Just Kids” was presented by B100 participant Kimya Moyo. DSCF7872DSCF0155
  • We held a symbolic groundbreaking at The Black House in recognition of the upcoming $4.5 million renovation and modernization of it! DSCF0175DSCF0192
  • We unveiled a Black House commemorative in honor of the B100. It will permanently occupy a wall in the conference room. DSCF0242DSCF0228
  • The B100 members were feted at a private dinner at the residence of President and Mrs. Schapiro.
  • A reception was held with the Department of Athletics, honoring the legacy of athletics as a part of the Black experience at Northwestern. DSCF0286DSCF0310

What a day! Enjoy this slide show featuring about 100 pictures from the various events. In this space ( we will be posting videos of the entire Commemoration! Stay tuned.

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Were you there? Check back tomorrow for the amazing slate of Day 2 activities. Go Cats!

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Register for the NUBAA Annual Meeting!



The NUBAA Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, June 30th between 8:30 and 10:30 am. It will be held at The Black House, 1914 Sheridan Road.

Please use the contact form to confirm your attendance and request an advance electronic copy of the Agenda and Office Reports. These reports will not be distributed at the meeting.


If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting, please forward to Go Cats!

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Telling It Like It Was: Supporting Black Students

Today the Northwestern University Class of 2018 joins the ranks of alumni. NUBAA has dramatically and emphatically been of service to each generation of Black students at NU. Here are some specific ways in which we demonstrate our commitment and provide support.




Since 2013, NUBAA has raised over $300,000 in student scholarship funds, including support of traditional needs-based funds such as the Gardner-Exum Scholarship Fund, The Alpha Phi Alpha Endowment Fund, The Alpha Kappa Alpha Endowment Fund and the NUBAA Promise Scholarship. In 2015, we introduced the NUBAA Achievement Scholarship (NAS) to offer financial aid eligibility based on performance. In the last three years alone, the NAS has generated over $130,000 in gifts and pledges, and NUBAA itself is making an additional $25,000 contribution to the NAS at its annual meeting!


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In 2014, we developed a student-alumni mentor program we call the NUBAA Student Based Initiatives (SBI). We have had over 400 alumni participate with students via mixers, direct mentoring, internships. Several graduating students have received full term employment from this program.


During 2017-18 academic year, we hosted different SBI events in the following disciplines: The Arts, Athletics, Business & Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Medicine/Health, and the Legal Professions.



In 2015, NUBAA was out front in bringing clarity to the role and evolution of The Black House. Circumstances necessitated development of a petition of students, faculty, staff and alumni including approximately 2500 signatures, followed by participation and oversight in subsequent university efforts that have resulted in a multimillion dollar renovation and reimagining of the space and services offered in the building more synonymous with the Black experience on campus.



THE JOY (Journey of Our Years)

NUBAA has co-sponsored and/or the NUBAA President has participated in The Joy (The Black Celebratory) every year since its inception. In 2016, NUBAA began a new tradition of presenting graduating students purple NUBAA stoles as a measure of welcoming them into the next phase of their Wildcat existence. Enjoy these photos from the 2016 event (other years are available within

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Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Welcome to NUBAA! Go Cats!

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Telling It Like It Was: The 3rd Annual (2017) NUBAA Summit and Salute to Excellence GalaSalute to

It looked like the third time was the charm. The 2016 Summit was so successful, we cancelled plans to go to Las Vegas and returned to LA, again during Oscars Weekend. In fact, we even got NU President Morty Schapiro to attend (with a huge contingent of officials and administrators from Northwestern, no doubt)! Come back again and again to enjoy the hundreds of pictures from the 2017 NUBAA Summit. Even more photos and videos are available at

2017 Summit Honorees

Opening Session: Club Elevate

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The NUBAA Summit

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Salute to Excellence Gala Honoree Pictures

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Go Cats!

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