In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Department of African and African American Studies, formerly known as Afro-American Studies, we are partnering with the Harvard Alumni Association on a commemorative “Red Book,” featuring reflective essays by alumni, faculty, and administrators. All alumni who were instrumental in the founding of the department and alumni who concentrated in African and African American studies at the College/GSAS are invited to participate in this book.
Please reflect on and share your experiences in the department, looking back and looking forward, for publication in the Red Book. Your story is an important and valuable part of our 50-year history, providing a unique depth and richness to both the personal and communal impact and global reach of the African and African American experience and scholarship. This commemorative Red Book is a first for us, and I encourage you to read Harvard Magazine’s “Red Books, Raw Gems” to understand why the Red Book tradition is important. The deadline to participate in the book is now extended to August 31, 2020.