In cel­e­bra­tion of the 50th anniver­sary of the land­mark Civil Rights Act next year, the North­eastern com­mu­nity is coming together to honor the hun­dreds of thou­sands of people who have fought for equality and justice.

The “50 Years For­ward” series, pre­sented by the Office of Stu­dent Affairs and the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, fea­tures a year­long com­mem­o­ra­tion of the people, events, and orga­ni­za­tions ded­i­cated to civil rights efforts in America and around the globe.

The series of events and activ­i­ties also marks the 45th anniver­sary of the John D. O’Bryant African-​​American Insti­tute and the 40th anniver­sary of the Depart­ment of African Amer­ican Studies. Over the years the O’Bryant Insti­tute has pro­vided a range of ser­vices and pro­grams to stu­dents of African descent to increase oppor­tu­ni­ties for aca­d­emic suc­cess, civic engage­ment, and social inspi­ra­tion. The insti­tute is named in honor of John D. O’Bryant, Northeastern’s first African-​​American vice president.

Cen­tral to the series is “A Tribute to a Dream,” an event fea­turing a talk by Bob Moses, a civil rights pio­neer and founder of the Algebra Project, a non­profit that uses math as an orga­nizing tool to ensure quality public edu­ca­tion for chil­dren. The event is sched­uled for Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Curry Stu­dent Center Ballroom.

  • Author and civil rights leader Coretta Scott King delivered the commencement speech in June 1971. She also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northeastern University. Photographer: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of University Photography

  • Otto Snowden, Jackie Robinson (National Chair of the NAACP Fighting Fund for Freedom), and Kivie Kaplan (National Co-Chair of the NAACP Fighting Fund for Freedom) at the Mayor's Breakfast in Boston in February 1957. Photographer: Unknown

  • Joseph Rakes attacks lawyer Theodore Landsmark with an American flag on the steps of Boston City Hall in 1976. This photographed is titled "The Soiling of Old Glory." Photographer: Forman, Stanley J.

  • Members of the Boston branch of the NAACP greet Pumpsie Green (the Red Sox's first African American player) and Earl Wilson of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in 1959. Photographer: Del Brook Binns, Fay Foto Service, Inc

  • Senator Edward Brooke, Muriel Snowden, Otto Snowden, Mayor of the District of Columbia Walter Washington, and Senator Edward Kennedy at the 20th anniversary of Freedom House, which was also the 25th wedding anniversary of Muriel and Otto Snowden. Photographer: Unknown

  • Escort Peter W. Princi hooded Melnea A. Cass, who received a Doctor of Humanities in 1969 for her community work in Roxbury including membership in Freedom House and the Mayor's Citizens' Advisory Committee on Minority Group Housing, and chairman of Community Service, Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Clubs. Photographer: Jet Commercial Photographers

Thursday marks the opening of a Gallery 360 exhibit fea­turing civil rights era pho­tog­raphy from the Uni­ver­sity Libraries’ Archives and Spe­cial Col­lec­tions. The opening recep­tion is at 4 p.m.

The Archives and Spe­cial Col­lec­tions pre­serve the his­tory of Boston-​​area social groups that served under­rep­re­sented com­mu­ni­ties. Some of the photos in the exhibit por­tray actions and protests sur­rounding civil rights, while others are por­traits of promi­nent indi­vid­uals who fought for equality. The por­traits include Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy; Jackie Robinson, the first African Amer­ican to play Major League Base­ball; and Coretta Scott King, a civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., who received an hon­orary degree from North­eastern in 1971.

Use the Twitter hashtag #50yrsfwdNU to stay con­nected to the “50 Years For­ward” series and visit north​eastern​.edu/​5​0​y​e​a​r​s​f​o​r​w​ard for a full list of events taking place in Jan­uary and February.

Those events include a cel­e­bra­tion of Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday on Jan. 15, and a Black His­tory Month kickoff event on Feb. 3.

On Jan. 17, North­eastern will host a lec­ture by Dou­glas Blackmon, a pro­fessor, writer, and former jour­nalist. The event, “Slavery by Another Name: Uncov­ering the Untold Sto­ries,” is spon­sored by the School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restora­tive Jus­tice Project in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties and the North­eastern Human­i­ties Center.