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The Takeover


Northwestern University “Bursar’s Office Takeover”


On the morning of May 3rd, 1968, over 120 black students rushed into the Bursar’s Office building on the campus of Northwestern University, effectively taking it over. Their demands? For the administration to address the discriminatory policies plaguing the campus. After a 38-hour demonstration, Black student sand the NU administration came to a resolution that resulted in the formation of admissions advisory boards, a review of open housing in Evanston, and the establishment of the Department of African-American Studies and the Black Student Union, known as The Black House. The ramifications of this takeover changed the University of Northwestern would change forever.

Official Selection


The world premiere of The Takeover screened at the American Black Film Festival on Saturday, June 15th at 7 PM in Miami, FL.



Creating The Film


In 2017, Digife won the bid from Northwestern University to create a film about the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover. After exactly 350 days, our small team of 3 traveled to nearly 10 cities across the nation interviewing Northwestern Alum and capturing stories from their college days in Evanston. The film debuted at the 50th anniversary celebration on campus where students from 1968 relived the moments that would change the school forever.


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Making The Takeover

Making The Takeover is a behind the scenes web series that follows Digife as they created the film “The Takeover”. This is unfiltered series allows you to follow Director, Eric D. Seals, Producer Brittany Applegate, and Writer/Editor, Donnie Seals Jr. throughout the full creation of the film.



Sn.1 Ep.00

What is the takeover?

Take the journey with Eric, Brittany, and Donnie as they create the film “The Takeover”

3 minutes | Aired 5/28


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