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Harvard students combat racism with #itooamHarvard

I Too Am Harvard (22)

The latest photo campaign to sweep social media goes deeper than the one with children dressed in celebrity red carpet fashion. Inspired by the play I, Too, Am Harvard, the project, which has it’s own Tumblr site, is based on the stories of black Harvard College students that highlight their diverse cultural experiences at the highly accredited institution.

The original play premieres on Friday March 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Lowell Lecture Hall on the campus of Harvard College.

Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned – this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours. We, TOO, are Harvard.



2 Comments

  1. sensitive on March 4, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    As long as affirmative action requires a person to check a box under race, there always will be the question.

  2. visions on March 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I Am Harvard
    This campaign sweeping Harvard University campus by Black students is meant to champion the cause of acceptance on a predominately white student campus of an Ivy League institution. What is your take on this obviously contentious issue? These colleges select the best Black students for acceptance into the academic programs, but somehow administrators appear remiss to connecting the great cultural divide. The personae of Harvard White students towards Blacks as unequals has existed for many many years and I know this becasue many of my friends and collegues are alumni of Harvard. Even those friends, et al, can appear detached from Black cultural identity once matriculated through the college.

    My youngest daughter refused to attended a predominately White college or university even though she was accepted to numerous top ten schools in the U.S. She said her elementary and high school experience of being one of few Black students in AP classes was so laced with racsim and bigotry, when she visited the Tuskegee campus she called it home. There she has excelled and LOVEs it!!

    So, do we push out our young to these Ivy League schools where Black students feel isolated and deprived of thier identity? Or, do we begin to connect or re-connect with HBCUs?