Northeastern celebrates 50 years of the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute

A commitment to inspiring students toward excellence, success, and service. A model for inclusiveness on Northeastern’s campus. A “home away from home” for students.  

These were the ways members of the Northeastern community on Friday described how the university’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute has touched students and influenced cultural life on campus. The remarks came at the signature event in Northeastern’s weeklong series of activities held to commemorate the institute’s 50th anniversary.

“With this week’s program, we are truly celebrating African Americans and the cultural progress that we have made here at Northeastern,” said Richard O’Bryant, who since 2007 has been director of the institute, which is named after his late father.

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