Uline Arena became the largest venue in the city for sports events when it opened in 1941, but its whites-only policy in an increasingly black city, and in a neighborhood where many African Americans lived, made it a source of controversy and a site…

These first two lines of a song sung to the tune of “Down by the Riverside” by Howard University student protestors during a 1968 campus uprising capture the spirit of civic activism that has consistently defined a segment of the university’s…