More than 100 community members attended a luncheon at Fleetwood Jourdain at which Northwestern University officials recognized members of Evanston’s Black community who supported NU students during the 1968 takeover of the Bursar’s Office.

Story and Photo From Shorefront Legacy Center

Northwestern University hosted a community luncheon on June 27 in honor of organizations and members of Evanston’s Black community who supported Black students throughout the history of Northwestern University.

A filled room of some 125 community members attended the luncheon in the Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center, which featured speeches from NU Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar Bennett, who doubled as master of ceremonies, and African American studies librarian Kathleen Bethel.

Mayor Stephen Hagerty spoke, and Geraldine Sizemore described the history of the Foster Senior Club, founded in the 1950s. Mr. Bennett thanked Evanston organizations and local businesses for supporting students during the Bursar’s Office Takeover in 1968.The takeover led to some changes at Northwestern, such as increasing Black student enrollment and financial aid, revising housing policies and expanding studies of Black history and Black culture.

The luncheon also honored Northwestern University alumni who were on campus during the Takeover.