50 Years Forward Reception & Black History Month Kick Off
Monday, February 3, 2014 
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Gallery 360 – 1st Floor Ell Building
Sponsored by the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute  

Enjoy light refreshments and explore the 50 Years Forward: Portraits of Civil Rights Exhibit.  As we mark this milestone, we also celebrate the 45th anniversary of the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute and the 40th anniversary of the Department of African American Studies. To honor these milestones, we present 50 Years Forward, an exhibit featuring photography from Northeastern’s own archives and from Freedom House, an organization with a historic legacy of success in the Civil Rights movement.

Taste of the Diaspora – Study Break 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
12:30pm – 2:00pm
African-American Institute Library
Sponsored by the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute  

Enjoy a light reception and study break in the Institute Library, ample foods from various cultures of the African Diaspora, and learn about Black History Month events for 2014.

How Far to the Promised Land? : Civil Rights since Brown v. Board of Education
Thursday, February 6, 2014
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Cabral Center
Sponsored by: The Department of African American Studies and the Northeastern Humanities Center 
In partnership with CSSH Departments of History, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology and Economics.

Keynote Speaker: Peniel E. Joseph, Director for the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and Professor of History, Tufts University
The year 2014 marks both the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in the case of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On May 17, 1954, at 12:52 p.m., Chief Justice Earl Warren read the Court’s decision rejecting the “separate but equal” principle that had governed the Court’s treatment of “race” matters since the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of 1896. Although the Brown decision emerged specifically in the arena of education, it undercut the legal foundation on which rested the entire edifice of Jim Crow style segregation in the Southern and border states.  

How Far to the Promised Land? : Civil Rights since Brown v. Board of Education

Day 2
Friday, February 7, 2014

Panel #1 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.
Civil Rights Law & Public Policy Since Brown v. Board

Matthew Hunt (Northeastern University)
Patricia Sullivan  (University of South Carolina)
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (U. Mass.-Amherst)

Moderator: William Crotty (Northeastern University) 

Panel #2 10:45 A.M. to 12:15 P.M.
How Much Farther for Women: Race, Gender and Civil Rights

Pamela E. Brooks (Oberlin College)
Charissa Threat (Spelman College)

Moderator: Suzanna Walters (Northeastern University)

Panel #3 1:45 P.M. to 3:15 P.M.
Jim Crow in the US and Apartheid in South Africa: A Comparative Look at Race and Democracy

Pamela E. Brooks (Oberlin College)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Robert L. Hall (Northeastern University)

 Note: ALL symposium events on BOTH days will be held in the Cabral Center, John D. O'Bryant African American Institute