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Ruth Simmons delivers principal address at Harvard’s virtual university-wide graduation ceremony

Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University and former president of Brown University and Smith College, exhorted Harvard’s Class of 2021 to fight inequality and foster diversity and inclusion.

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Graduate English speaker Vincent H. Bish Jr. addresses fellow students in the Class of 2021 virtual celebration ceremony

"Four Lone Names" speaks of the legacy of slavery, both in America and at Harvard, and the obligation graduates have to the memory of the enslaved to continue to fight for equity.

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Kristen Clarke Confirmed to Lead the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Kristen Clarke AB '97 is confirmed to serve as the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, which works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of society.

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Five New Members Elected to Board of Overseers, Including One Harvard Forward Candidate

Harvard alumni elected five new members to the Board of Overseers and six directors of the Alumni Association. Eight out of eleven Coalition for a Diverse Harvard-endorsed candidates were elected.

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Black Students Make Up 18% of Admitted Class of 2025

Harvard College accepts record-low 3.43% of applicants to Class of 2025. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons '67 said the students accepted into the Class of 2025 comprise the most economically- and ethnically-diverse group the College has ever admitted.

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The Crimson Klan: Harvard's Overlooked 20th Century Racial History

“Telling the history of this very complex institution is going to take a while, but the most important thing is the willingness to engage with the history as we uncover it," says Professor Evelynn M. Hammonds, former Dean of Harvard College.

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Coalition for a Diverse Harvard Endorses Harvard Overseers and Directors

The need to elect Harvard leaders who will work collectively for diversity and racial justice – both with each other and with us – is urgent.

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Harvard Reversed Course And Offered Cornel West Consideration for Tenure After Public Outcry, He Says

In an interview with The Crimson on Tuesday, Professor Cornel R. West ’74 said Harvard changed course following public pressure and offered to consider him for tenure, but the fact that this reversal came only after external scrutiny merely solidified his decision to leave the University.

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The History and Importance of the Black Church

Henry Louis Gates’ new book The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song traces the institution’s role in American history, politics, and culture.

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Cornel West To Depart Harvard, Return To Union Theological Seminary

Professor Cornel R. West ’74 announced his departure from Harvard and return to Union Theological Seminary in a Monday interview with the online publication The Boycott Times, weeks after West alleged Harvard denied his request to be considered for tenure.

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New database tracks data on slaves, slavers, and allies

Vele was 16 when she embarked a slave ship in 1832 at Cameroons River in West Africa. Precillia Cozzens, 35, was registered as a slave in New Orleans in 1846. Domingos, age 6, was listed in an inventory of enslaved people at Aguiar Plantation, Brazil, in 1806.

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Amid Cornel West’s Tenure Dispute, Faculty and Students Clash Over Harvard’s Treatment Of Black Scholars

In light of the threatened departure of Professor Cornel R. West ’74 from Harvard, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay said during a faculty meeting Tuesday that Harvard is “unequivocally” committed to supporting an environment in which faculty of color can thrive.

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We’re better off when life-altering illnesses can be eradicated

In the 1980’s, there were millions of cases of Guinea worm disease across the globe, mostly in rural Africa. Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, has spent 40 years working to eradicate this painful and debilitating disease – and he’s had remarkable success. Last year, there were only 27 cases worldwide.

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In Light of Cornel West’s Threatened Departure, Harvard Doctoral Students Call on University to Grant Him Tenure

Doctoral students from across Harvard’s graduate and professional schools penned a letter in support of Practice of Public Philosophy Cornel R. West ’74, who recently threatened a second departure from the University after he said the administration dismissed his request to be considered for tenure. Published on Monday, the letter amassed over 150 signatures from doctoral students at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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The flaws in our data

Harvard professor and computer scientist Latanya Sweeney discusses issues surrounding the increased use of data and algorithms in policing and sentencing.

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Cornel West Threatens Second Departure from Harvard

Harvard professor and outspoken political activist Cornel R. West ’74 has threatened to leave Harvard — again — after he said the University dismissed his request to be considered for tenure.

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Part of the Colonial Enterprise’: Scholars, Advocates React to Discovery of the Remains of Enslaved People in Peabody Museum Collections

Following a University report that indicated the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology houses the remains of formerly enslaved people within its collections, anthropology scholars and curator advocates called on Harvard to promote conversations regarding museums’ roles in perpetuating racism.

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Shaping Cities with Equitable Urban Design

A new interchange was coming to Cincinnati, and it was about time. The I-71 thoroughfare had connected the city to its suburbs since the 1970s, but its lanes also separated neighborhoods and worsened travel within the city—lengthening commutes and emergency trips to nearby hospitals.

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Harvard Admissions Lawsuit: Round 2

The First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston heard oral arguments in the lawsuit arguing that Harvard College’s use of race in admissions discriminates against Asian Americans. The much-watched case, which was first filed in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), may ultimately be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Black students comprise 16.6% of Harvard early admissions

Harvard College’s early action acceptance rate decreased to 7.4 percent as the number of total applicants hit a record high, marking the most competitive early admissions cycle in Harvard history.

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3 Black Harvard alumni awarded grant to advance racial equity

Five Black Brooklyn community leaders are the first recipients of the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation Social Justice Fund, which aims to support social justice and equality initiatives that benefit Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color.

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