Nearly fifty years ago, the world watched as the United States passed the historic Civil Rights Act. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the movement, but it was fueled by the passion of Americans who stood together in protest. Many members of the Northeastern family and our surrounding neighborhoods played key roles during this turbulent time.

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.