Back in the day, what is now a dismal commercial strip was the center of a sustained campaign by Morgan students and their allies to burst through Jim Crow walls that attempted to rigidly separate blacks from whites and diminish their opportunities for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — including access to what for many remains the elusive ideal of a quality education. For newcomers to Baltimore, such as myself, it is difficult to imagine that this place on the west side of Hillen Road was so worth fighting for that hundreds of young people went to jail while nonviolently storming its gates to see a movie, to eat in an upscale restaurant, even to try on garments in a department store. But City Councilman Robert Curran, for one, recalls Northwood as "one of the most vibrant shopping centers in all of Baltimore." Blacks demanded full access and, in time, got it. So Morgan's president, David Wilson, pays homage to those youthful protesters of the 1940s and 1950s: "Right here is where the use of mass arrests to end discriminatory practices got its start, and it spread from here all over the country."