Crimson Article on the Black Presence at Harvard

May 20, 2018

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, The Harvard Crimson published the article, “Revisiting the ‘Four Demands,’ Fifty Years Later” by Ruth Hailu. The purpose of the article was to show the growth of the Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS) over time as well as illustrate how Harvard has (or has not) met the four demands made by students/faculty/staff after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968. The four demands were to: “establish an endowed chair for a black professor, establish courses relating to black students, hire more lower-level black faculty, and admit more black students to Harvard.”

The article chronicles the inception of AAAS up to the arrest of a Harvard student this past April, in which President Drew Faust referred to as “disturbing.” The article includes insights and quotes from several alumni (Charles J. Hamilton Jr. ’69, Willene A. Jones Johnson ’68, Sheila Sinclair ’69, and Lee S. Smith ’69), Dr. Lawrence D. Bobo, Anna Cowenhoven (Associate Dean for Communications and Marketing), and Junius O. Williams ’18 (a current AAAS student).

Here is a link to the article:

See also: 2018