A group of actors formed to reduce racial and political frictions, 1968.

The Junior Banquet, 1907.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at NYU, 1961.

A Mustafa Ahmed, no date.

Constance Baker Motley, civil rights attorney.

About This Exhibit

The Pursuit of Equality briefly highlights moments of the black experience at NYU from the late 1800s to the late 1960s. This experience at NYU includes discrimination, exclusion, periods of unrest and triumphant victory. The advantageous story of the black experience emphasizes the desire to surpass mere existence on NYU's campus. As minority enrollment increased students began to demand a black cultural presence on campus. To this end, many students were faced with detangling a social structure to improve conditions for their community while also navigating the structure. This dynamic presented challenges and opportunities for progression for the NYU community.

About NYU Archives

The New York University Archives serves as the final repository for the historical records of NYU. Its primary purpose is to document the history of the University and to provide source material for administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and other members of the University community, as well as scholars, authors, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the impact of the University's activities on the history of American social, cultural, and intellectual development.