Yesha Callahan

#itooamharvard Highlights The Voices & Faces Of Black Harvard Students

Harvard’s Class of 2017 is currently made up of 2, 047 students and 11 percent of those students are black. Over the last couple of years, Harvard has seen an increase in black students, but it doesn’t mean that the students feel they are visible on campus. According to many of the students, and similar to the black students at UCLA, their voices go unheard.  As a result, they’ve recently launched the “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign.

The #itooamharvard photo campaign shows students standing with signs that express their sentiments about being a black student at Harvard, as well as comments made to them by non-black Harvard students. The photo campaign was inspired by I, Too, Am Harvard, a play based on interviews with Harvard’s black community.  The play premieres on Friday, March 7 at 7pm in the Lowell Lecture Hall on Harvard’s campus.  To learn more about the photo campaign, you can visit facebook.com/itooamharvard, Tweet them at @iTooAmHarvard using the hashtag#itooamharvard.

Here are few photos from the campaign:

 

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You can view the rest of the collection on their Tumblr page: http://itooamharvard.tumblr.com/

 

  1. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    I love this! Go Harvard BSU!

  2. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    I’m bit saddened that the same foolishness (minus the “teach me to twerk”)that I had to hear on my state college campus in the late 80’s is STILL being spouted in the 21st century. I’m very happy that Black college students are speaking out and trying to combat ignorance.

    Adding to the stupidity, “I can’t take any African/African-American Studies classes because I’m not Black”-told to me in 1989 after I suggested a course to a White student looking for an interesting class to take next semester. I guess the non-Black/non minority students I sat next to in all those classes didn’t get that memo…thank goodness!

    • March 4, 2014 - Reply

      @cookiechica

      “I can’t take any African/African-American Studies classes because I’m not Black”-
      —————-

      Yeah that’s stupid because all my African American Studies classes were filled with majority white students. Silly me for thinking those were the only classes were I wouldn’t be one of two black people and sometimes the only one when the other black students skipped class most of the time.

  3. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    More like “I.am.too.Harvard.for.Harvard.”

    The idiots in academia I swear.

  4. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Those that hate you will always hate you and question your intelligence as well as your humanity. It has been ingrained in their psychosis of racial superiority. The fight is not to change their opinion of you or to prove to them you are worthy of their esteem or validation, but to replace them in positions of authority over your future. Because their opinions will never change regardless of your diploma that says you’re a Harvard graduate or President of the United States. Why be educated by those that don’t want to educate you ?
    Why are you giving your money to any organization that is hostile to your very existence ?
    Isn’t it time that we take care of our own houses instead of begging to live in a house whose doors are partially and hostilely opened for you ? It’s not about running from them but running to US.

  5. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    As a Harvard grad, this brings me all sorts of joy.

  6. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    My first instinct was, “This is kind of awesome.” But then I couldn’t help but think that these exhibitions are a waste of time. White people hate you (generally speaking), and make no attempt to hide it. They aren’t going to look at these expressions of anger and suddenly see the error in their ways…because they hate you. Accept it, understand it, embrace it.

    Why does it hurt certain negroes so much when that hatred is expressed? Have you no concept of history? Did slavery, segregation, and the five o’clock news escape you completely? Did you really believe in “solidarity” and “progress” because Harvard accepted you…how’s that working for you?

    I’m a law student at a T-25 and I have no sympathy for any of my peers when they complain about dirty looks, being looked down upon, feeling like an outside, etc. None. Get. Over. It. Or get some therapy. Seriously. I’ve actually had fellow black law students tell me that I have to “work twice as hard” to “prove I belong.” Did I miss something? Are my white classmates sitting on the board of admissions…to the school I already got accepted to? Are they my validation? That’s odd, because I thought they were my competition.

    I am not oblivious to racism, and not passive towards it. I’m just comfortable enough in my blackness to not give a damn about what people that hate me think of me…even when I’m the only one in the class.

    All the best to my Harvard brothas and sistas,
    Love.

    • March 3, 2014 - Reply

      @Afro Scented

      Cynical, much?

      Not everyone can be as hard-hearted or stoic as you in the face of indifference and ignorance. Even if this campaign is only meant to make students feel better, it is still an opportunity to show people how they feel by addressing issues so long undiscussed. If we want a change, we have to make it happen. Not to compare this directly with the civil rights movement, but intentional activism has been known to accomplish important goals.

    • March 4, 2014 - Reply

      @Afro Scented

      I thought I was the only one who has arrived at this place. I simply can’t get behind people who are surprised when they are faced with racism. Especially when they have determined that we live in a post-racial society and racism no longer exist. I am all for fighting against racism but simply showing that exist like this campaign is doing is silly to me because I already know it exist.

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