“I, Too, Am Harvard”: Black Harvard Students Speak Out Against Campus Racism

March 4, 2014  |  

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From HelloBeautiful 

Students from Harvard University are shedding light on how most people of color feel on predominately white campuses in a new photo campaign, tiled “I, Too, Am Harvard.”

According to the website, “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.”

The #itooamharvard campaign was inspired by a school play of the same name, written by sophomore Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence. She told BuzzFeed that the idea started after an independent study last semester where she interviewed 40 members of the Black community about their diverse experiences in college.

“We want to build a larger movement for students of color in general, but this play is for Harvard’s Black Arts Festival,” she said. “We’re part of a nationwide movement of black student activism…We haven’t started this, but we’re hoping we can add to the movement and speak up against racism on college campuses.”

The initial conversation started after the Harvard Crimson printed a controversial article called “Affirmative Dissatisfaction” in November 2012. The piece questioned Harvard’s affirmative action policy, and according Matsuda-Lawrence, “it created a lot of racial tension.”

Read more about #ItooamHarvard at HelloBeautiful.com 

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