The Last Negroes at Harvard: The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever, Jeanne Ellsworth
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The Last Negroes at Harvard: The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever

Author: Jeanne Ellsworth, Kent Garrett

Narrator: Peter Jay Fernandez

Unabridged: 10 hr 44 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Recorded Books

Published: 02/11/2020

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage - African American & Black

Synopsis

The untold story of the Harvard class of '63, whose Black students fought to create their own identities on the cusp between integration and affirmative action. In the fall of 1959, Harvard recruited eighteen "Negro" boys as an early form of affirmative action. Four years later they would graduate as African Americans. Some fifty years later, one of these trailblazing Harvard grads, Kent Garrett, began to reconnect with his classmates and explore their vastly different backgrounds, lives, and what their time at Harvard meant. Garrett and his partner Jeanne Ellsworth recount how these young men broke new ground. By the time they were seniors, they would have demonstrated against injustice, had lunch with Malcolm X, experienced heartbreak and the racism of academia, and joined with their African national classmates to fight for the right to form an exclusive Black students' group. Part journey into personal history, part group portrait, and part narrative history of the civil rights movement, this is the remarkable story of brilliant, singular boys whose identities were changed at and by Harvard, and who, in turn, changed Harvard.

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