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50 Years Forward: The Journey Continues

Northeastern University commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, 45th anniversary of the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute and the 40th anniversary of the Department of African American Studies by hosting a series of related events and activities beginning in September, building excitement throughout the fall semester, and culminating with the Black history month activities in February and March.  Months and Activities Past

"50 Years Forward: The Journey Continues" is co-sponsored by The Department of Student Affairs and The College of Social Science and Humanities

November  

Eyes on the Prize Series America's Civil Rights Movement
Chapter 2 - Fighting Back (1957 - 1962) 
Monday November 4, 2013 11:45am – 1:00pm 
John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute 
(Cabral Center)
(For information and questions - k.camara@neu.edu

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks - Read All About it Book Club
Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute 
(Library)
Northeastern students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to join the book discussion.
(For information and questions - k.camara@neu.edu)

The Black Power Mixtape" Documentary
Thursday November 7, 2013 7:00pm
John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute
(Cabral Center)
This documentary chronicales the Black Power movement as seen through the eyes of Swedish journalists of the era with footage shot between 1967 and 1975. The documentary consists of images and remarkable inteviews from activists influenced by the struggle of the era. Presented by Beta Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity incorporated in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  
(For more information - lotin.j@husky.neu.edu)

Gay Rights after Gay Marriage
Conflict. Civility, Respect. Peace. Northeastern
Reflects Series
Wednesday November 13, 2013 7:00pm 
Raytheon Amphitheater

Featuring Panalists
Judge Roderick L. Ireland,
Chief Justice Massachusetts Supreme Court
Mary Bonauto,
Director, the Civil Rights Project
Suzanna Walters,
Director, Women's, Gender, and
Sexuality

Moderator
Judge Margaret Burnham,
Professor of Law 

Host
Governor Michael Dukakis,
Distinguished Professor of Political Science  

Eyes on the Prize Series America's Civil Rights Movement
Chapter 3 - Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960 - 1961) 
Monday November 18, 2013 11:45am – 1:00pm 
John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute 
(Cabral Center)
(For information and questions - k.camara@neu.edu

Let's Talk About Workers Rights
Monday November 18, 2013 6:00pm
Curry Student Center
4th Floor Curry Suites
A collaborative sponsorship -
LASO, NBSA, Nu Democrats, Nu Republicans, NU Feminist
Organization, and the Progressive Student Alliance
Hosted by the Progressive Student Alliance to highlight the importance of the millions of workers in other countries and the United States who are working for multi national corporations. Issues of race, culture and gender will be talked about during this event.

The Immigration Debate - NU Democrats adn Republicans
Tuesday November 19, 2013 6:00pm
Curry Student Center
4th Floor Curry Suites
A collaborative sponsorship -
LASO, NBSA, Nu Democrats, Nu Republicans, NU Feminist
Organization, and the Progressive Student Alliance
The Immigration debate will be held with NU democrats and republicans, this event will have an initial presentation by SIM (Student Immigration Movement) representative then a debate will go in effect about immigration in the United States, with questions from the audience!

The Spoken Word - Alicia Ortiz
Wednesday November 20, 2013 6:00pm
Curry Student Center
4th Floor Curry Suites
A collaborative sponsorship -
LASO, NBSA, Nu Democrats, Nu Republicans, NU Feminist
Organization, and the Progressive Student Alliance
A very special spoken word/speaker, Alicia Ortiz, will talk about the stereotypes that come with being a female "white" descendant Hispanic living in a still very segregated United States. The discussion will be based on her experiences and will touch on the intersectionality of gender, race and color in society today! The NU Feminist organization will be present with awesome discussion questions.

The Voice of a Community Organizer - Rosa Clemente
Thursday November 21, 2013 6:00pm
Curry Student Center
4th Floor Curry Suites
A collaborative sponsorship -
LASO, NBSA, Nu Democrats, Nu Republicans, NU Feminist
Organization, and the Progressive Student Alliance
Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, journalist and political activist that has run for Vice President of the Green Party in 2008, which gets about 2% of the votes during election times. Ms. Clemente will come to campus to speak about her experiences as an activist for the afro-hispanic community. An event co-hosted by NU democrats, NU Republicans, PSA, NBSA, NASO, NU feminist org.

36th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert
Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 7:30pm
Blackman Auditorium
The John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble will partner with the New England Spiritual Ensemble to present an evening of Jubilee Songs in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and in memory of the four young girls (Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson & Denise McNair) who were killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963. 
(for ticket information visit 
Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert)

January Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. Week "A Tribute to the Dream"
Intergenerational/Intercultural discussion about
Race and the Civil Rights Movement
Tuesday January 14, 2014 (time TBA)
John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute
(Cabral Center)

Happy Birthday Dr. King - A Celebration
Wednesday January 15, 2014 (Time TBA)
John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute
(Cabral Center)

50 Years Forward - A tribute to the Dream
Thursday January 16, 2014 4:00pm
Curry Student Center Ballroom

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice
(CRRJ) Project
Friday January 17, 2014 (Time TBA)
Egan Raytheon Center

February Black History Month 2014
Connect - Educate - Inspire - Celebrate


Months and Activities past

SEPTEMBER 

Remembering the Dream - Sigma and Rho NU Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Faternity (Dr. Martin Luther King's Fraternity)
Thursday September 12, 2013 at 7:06pm - NU YMCA, Room 109

A discussion of the history and importance of the March on Washington, as well as the issues of today and how college students can help rectify those issues! Special guests include Black Law Student Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Boston, JDOAAI Legacy Mentoring and Leadership Program.  (For more informaition - griffinjavaughn@gmail.com)

Civil Rights and Popular Backlash
 – 
School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs
Friday September 13th, 2103 at 1:00 pm – Cabral Center

A lecture by Michael Klarman the leading expert on the relationship between civil rights and the judiciary.  A very well attended one hour and half program with an engaging and inspired question and answer session. (For more information - j.passanisi@neu.edu)

Hard Conversations - School of Law – Committee Against Racism (CAIR)

Saturday September 21st, 2013 at 9:00am – Cabral Center (Attendance limited to current Northeastern law students)

Hard Conversations is a “train the trainer” style anti-oppression workshop for law students that will train student facilitators to lead small group discussions on the role of being an ally in the classroom, and to help debrief personal classroom.  The law school is actively engaged in conversations about how racism and privilege impact student experiences in the law school classroom and legal profession. (For information and questions - nuslcair@gmail.com)

Opening Panel and Reception: 40th Anniversary of the Department of African American Studies - DAAS
Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 4:00pm - Faculty/Alumni Center

Department of African American Studies is having an opening reception and forum launching a year-long observation of the 40th anniversary of the department's founding at Northeastern University. 

(For information and questions - (617)373-3148)

Hip Hop in the Age of Obama – Northeastern Center for the Arts, Northeastern Black Student Association, the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute and the Music Department

Wednesday September 25th, 2013 at 6:00pm – Cabral Center

This event involves CAMD faculty Emmett Price (Music) and Murray Forman (Media and Screen Studies). They will host a conversation with Mark Anthony Neal, blogger and professor of Black Popular Culture and the Cast of Word Becomes Flesh. Panelists include:

  1. Mark Anthony Neal - Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University. He is the host of the weekly webcast Left of Black and a frequent  contributor to The Huffington Post Black Voices.
  2. Marc Bamuthi Joseph - One of America’s vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. He is the writer & director of Word Becomes Flesh. He currently serves as Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
  3. Professor Emmett G Price, III - One of the nation’s leading experts on African American Music and Culture as well as cutting-edge research on bridging the generational divide. He is a noted print and broadcast media expert on African American Music and Culture, The Black Church, Hip Hop Culture and Youth Culture. Dr. Price is Associate Professor of Music and African-American Studies at Northeastern.
  4. Murray Forman - studies media and culture with a primary focus on popular music, race, and age. For over twenty years he has engaged in research about hip-hop culture, contributing to the emerging field of hip-hop studies. He is Associate Professor of Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern.

(For more information - br.edwards@neu.edu)

Word Becomes Flesh  – Northeastern Center for the Arts, Northeastern Black Student Association, the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute and others

September 28, 2013 7:00pm Blackman Auditorium

First performed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph in 2003, Word Becomes Flesh returns to the stage, re-invented with an ensemble cast from a new generation. A series of performed letters to an unborn son, Word Becomes Flesh uses spoken word, dance and live music to document nine months of pregnancy from a young single father’s perspective.

Performed by an exceptionally talented cast of emerging poet-performers, Word Becomes Flesh fuses tender stories, playful wit and at times, purposeful rage—to give voice to complexities and contradictions surrounding race and gender in America.

Written & directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Performed by Dahlak Brathwaite, Daveed Diggs, Dion Decibels, Kahlil Anthony, Michael Turner and B.Yung. 

October

Civil Rights Ride & Lecture on Southern Politics
Thursday October 10 – Friday, October 11, 2013 
Charlotte, North Carolina Campus 

Student will be particiating in a day long Civil Rights ride from Charlotte, NC to Charleston, SC when they will learn the origins of the Civil Rights Moverment and the understanding of idealogies that shaped the movement; students will examine the concept of equal opportunity along political, educational, social, and economic points and how competing agendas shaped the objectives of the Civil Rights Movement; students will learn about the complex and multifaceted nature of the Civil Rights Movement from critical race, class, and gender perspectives and expound upon the multi-layered essence of the movement; Students will research aspects of the civil rights movement through review of pertinent case law emanating from the movement; students will engage with various sources that document manifestations of the Civil Rights Movement outside of the Deep South to understand the movement as a national and transnational movement; and students will learn the local and grassroots history of various activists and organizations that focused upon grassroots and “bottom-up” organizing methods.

"50 Years Forward: The Movement Continues" Opening Reception
Wednesday October 16, 2013 at 2:00 - 3:30pm 
John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute
(Cabral Center)

The opening reception will kick-off Northeastern's year long commemoration of 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, 45th anniversary of the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute and the 40th anniversary of the Department of African American Studies.  Please join special guests former Massachusetts Governor, Democratic Presidential Candidate and NU Political Science Professor Michael Dukakis and former Suffolk County District Attorney and NU Senior Vice President and General Counsel Ralph Martin.

Eyes on the Prize Series America's Civil Rights Movement
Chapter 1 - Awakenings (1954 - 1956) 
Monday October 21, 2013 11:45am – 1:00pm
John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute
(Cabral Center)
(For information and questions - k.camara@neu.edu

Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985. ( PBS, 2006) 

The university community are welcome and invited.  Classes will be invited from the Department of African-American Studies, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and the Department of Sociology.  Professors are encouraged to offer students extra credit for attending.

A Week for Peace
October 21 -25, 2013
A unique opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and conversation among Northeastern University students, faculty, staff and the extraordinary Emmanuel Jal.  Born in Sudan, Emmanual Jal was a "Lost Boy," who was forced to become a child soldier at the age of 7.  He later survived an arduous month-long escape through the desert.  Today, this author, global hip-hop star, actor, and human rights activist uses music to promote his "We Want Peace" campaign. For more information visit Northeastern University Humanities Center

All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Emmanuel Jal: Concert for Peace
Monday October 21, 2013 at 4:00pm
Curry Student Center Ballroom
(Free Registration Required)

Emmanuel Jal: A Conversation on
Human Rights

Tuesday October 22, 2013 at 9:00am
240 Dockser Hall, NU School of Law
With Northeastern Professor Aziza Ahmed (School of 
Law), Lori Lefkovitz (CSSH), and
Gordana Rabrenovic (CSSH)
(Free Registration Required)

Emmanual Jal: Music, Movement, and
Self-Empowerment

Tuesday October 22, 2013 at 12:00pm 
John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute
(Cabral Center)
Activewear Recommended
(Free Registration Required)

Boston Healing
Thursday October 24, 2013 at 12:00pm
450 Dodge Hall
A panel of Scholars and practitioners from
Northeastern University and Boston organizations
reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombing six months
later.

Reflections on Peace
Friday October 25, 2013 at 2:15pm 
Sacred Space Ell Hall 2nd Floor
An interfaith conversation about traditions and stories
of peace.  Hosted by the Center for Spirituality,
Dialogue and Service

John Coltrane: Jubilee Songs and Expressions of Freedom
Thursday October 24, 2013 at 6:00pm 
John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute
(Cabral Center)
A discussion with Myran Parker-Brass (Executive Director for the Arts in the Boston Public Schools and co-founder of the New England Spiritual Ensemble), and Leonard Brown (co-founder and co-producer of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, associate professor of Music and African American Studies at Northeastern University). Introductions by Emmett G. Price III (co-producer of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert and associate professor of Music at Northeastern University).
(For more information and questions - John Coltrane Jubilee Information)

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