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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Bursar’s Office Takeover Commemoration and NUBAA Summit Activities: Know Before You Go!



Parking: Please note that there are several groups with campus events taking place on May 3-4, and parking will be limited. The recommended lot closet to Norris is the Segal Visitor’s Center (South) Garage located at 1841 Sheridan Road. The daily parking rate is $8.00. For more information, contact 847-491-3319.

Attire: May 3rd is business casual. If you are a member of a campus organization, you are encouraged to represent your organization. There a number of outdoor events on May 3rd thus comfortable walking shoes and outerwear are recommended. May 4th is business attire.

Agenda Overview:

May 3, 2018

10:00 am – 12:30 pm Check-in for registered attendees in Norris University Center, Second Floor. This is the only opportunity to pick up registration materials.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm Campus Tour departs from Norris University Center. See volunteers.


12:00 – 12:45 pm Box Lunch pickup for registered attendees in Norris University Center, 2nd Floor.


1:00 – 2:15 pm Commemoration Showcase: “From Protest to Progress” Symposium in Norris University Center, McCormick Auditorium, 1st Floor. Seated is limited and early arrival is strongly suggested.


2:30 – 4:00 pm Processional through campus steps off on the patio of the Main Library and includes short programs at the Bursar’s Office, Rebecca Crown and The Black House.


6:00 – 8:00 pm Reception to Honor Black Athletes at Welsh-Ryan Arena, Stadium Club. Transportation is on your own.






May 4, 2018

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Musical and theatrical tributes and “Voices and Visions” panel at Alice Millar Chapel. Registration not needed for attendance.


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm NUBAA 50 Luncheon at Norris University Center, Louis Room. This pre-paid luncheon is at capacity. No onsite reservations are available.


2:30 pm Transportation departs Orrington hotel for Swissotel. Boarding is only for those staying at the Orrington and registered at the Swissotel.



Parking: Parking at the Swissotel is $32 for valet, and overnight valet is $70 daily. There are self-parking garages with lower rates located on Lower Wacker Drive.

Attire: Chic attire is suggested for the Opening Reception on May 4th. The decks are enclosed and are climate controlled. On May 5th, wear business attire for day events. The Salute to Excellence Gala is Black Tie / Formal.

Summit Check-in: Available May 4th from 3-5 pm in Swissotel Lobby for program book and swag bag for Summit full-registered attendees. Check-in reopens on May 5th at 7 am, and seminars begin at 9 am, both on second floor conference center. There is no onsite registration.

Opening Reception: Cruise ship upgraded to the Elite Chicago. Transportation provided to Navy Pier for those staying at the Swissotel and boarding begins at 6 pm. The Elite boards at 7:00 pm and departs at 7:30 pm. For those driving, please factor in rush hour traffic and time for parking, if needed. There is no refund of tickets for guests who do not make it in time. There are two parking lots located on the north side of the pier. The East Garage is the closet to the ship. The Riva Turnaround/Turnaround 1 is recommended for drop offs by car or taxi.

Salute to Excellence Gala: Swissotel, Lucerne Ballroom. Reservation includes Purple Carpet Reception at 5:30 pm. Gala dinner and program begins at 7:00 pm followed by dancing.

If you did not register

Additional accommodations are only available for the events listed above specifically indicating they are free and open to the public. These include the Thursday processional beginning at 2:30 pm at The Rock and the Friday events from 9 am until 12 noon. Events involving meals have all sold out, and no additional seatings (with or without meals) can be accommodated. We greatly appreciate everyone’s interest and willingness to register in advance!

Message from President Schapiro and Provost Holloway to the Northwestern Community

Find enclosed a message from President Morty Schapiro and Provost Johnathan Holloway to the Northwestern community. We thank both of them, along with others within our NU community for bringing Commemoration Week to fruition.


Dear members of the Northwestern campus community,

We invite you to join us in the coming days as we commemorate an important milestone in Northwestern’s history, the 50th anniversary of the Bursar’s Office Takeover.

During 1968, a year marked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as demonstrations and student activism at campuses across the nation, Northwestern experienced its first major student sit-in. For 38 hours – from May 3 to May 4 – African American students occupied Northwestern’s business office at 619 Clark Street to demand changes that would move Northwestern toward equality for all students around the University’s recruiting, admissions, student residence policies and academic offerings. After a peaceful resolution that established a starting point on those and other matters, Northwestern made progress on many of the demands. To learn more about this event in Northwestern’s history, please visit the University Archives site.

The national events of 1968 marked a pivotal time in U.S. history. Activism throughout the country created a path for communities to begin an important dialogue about equality for all people. This week’s milestone marks a time in which African American students lifted their voices to build a better path for our institution. It also marks a time at Northwestern in which the University fell short of living up to our values. As we view the path ahead, it is important for us as individuals and as an institution to re-commit ourselves to doing so.

At Northwestern, we continue to work diligently every day to ensure that our campus remains a place of inclusion and equality, one that reflects the world and in which every student, faculty and staff member feels welcomed whole-heartedly and without reservation. A diverse student body enriches the community and ultimately results in more thoughtful leaders and a better world. We have made meaningful progress since the 1968 sit-in, and we recognize that we still have work to do. We welcome members of our campus community to participate in this important journey.

To honor this significant event in Northwestern’s history, University faculty, staff, students and alumni, with leadership from the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA), have coordinated a number of commemorative events throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, culminating in a series of programs this week that include a panel discussion with alumni who led the Takeover, the unveiling of a commemorative memorial, a musical tribute from alumni and first-hand accounts from alumni and campus leaders. For more information on these events, please go here.

As we reflect on the 1968 sit-in events at Northwestern, we are more committed than ever to providing a dynamic and inclusive educational experience. By embracing backgrounds and viewpoints different from our own, we can challenge our assumptions, test our ideas and broaden our understanding of the world.

It is only by understanding our history that we can map out a better course for our future as individuals, as an institution and as a society.


Morton Schapiro
President and Professor

Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor

The NUBAA 50 Luncheon is about to Sell Out!

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In a weekend filled with amazing events, the NUBAA 50 Luncheon is a very special event. We will welcome back and honor dozens of individuals who have substantially and positively impacted the Black experience at Northwestern over the last fifty years. All manners of individuals we’ve known, known of and loved will be in the building for probably the first and last time. It will be a great time to get to know and say thank you to individuals who likely shaped a significant portion of your lives.

The only problem is we only have a capacity of 300 for the event, with no overflow options.We are within a few seats of capacity. If you want to attend, you should register now. There will be no last-minute considerations for this event!

Go to to register!

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