The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions. The court said it will take up lawsuits claiming that Harvard University, a private institution, and the University of North Carolina, a state school, discriminate against Asian American applicants. A decision against the schools could mean the end of affirmative action in college admissions.
Monday, January 24, 2022
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Martin Kilson Jr. was an American political scientist. He was the first black academic to be appointed a full professor at Harvard University, where he was later the Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government from 1988 until his retirement in 1999.
Kilson returned to Harvard and accepted a lectureship at the university in 1962; he was appointed assistant professor in 1967. Two years later, he became Harvard's first fully tenured African-American academic. Kilson was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975 and became the Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government at Harvard in 1988. At the start of his academic career, Kilson became known for his research into African American studies, and became an adviser for the Association of African and Afro-American Students at Harvard. Kilson also compiled works relating to comparative politics, focusing within the field on African studies.Kilson's 1966 book, Political Change in a West African State: A Study of the Modernization Process in Sierra Leone, was reviewed extensively.
After retiring from teaching in 1999, Kilson continued to write and occasionally lecture. In 2002, he wrote a review for The Black Commentator critical of Randall Kennedy for the title of his book, Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word. In 2010, Kilson was featured in Harvard's annual W. E. B. DuBois lectures. He also wrote his final book, The Transformation of the African American Intelligentsia, 1880–2012, which was published in 2014.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Everybody knows teenagers love to talk back. But sometimes, it can get you to Harvard. A Harvard debate coach is introducing black voices to debate, and the world of debate to black voices.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Thursday received Harvard University's most prestigious black history award.
Kaepernick, who was the first NFL player to demonstrate against racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem, received the W.E.B. DuBois award alongside seven other African-American public figures at a Harvard ceremony.
He urged others to further protest racial inequality and police brutality to help improve the lives of African Americans across the country.
"I feel like it's not only my responsibility, but all of our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them. Because if we don't, we become complicit in the problem," he said. "It is our duty to fight for them and we are going to continue to fight for them."
Activist Cornel West introduced Kaepernick and compared his protest to those of famous boxer Muhammad Ali.
“We don’t have anybody who comes close to the Muhammad Ali of athletics, to give up millions and millions and millions and millions of dollars…It’s not the number, it’s the integrity, rather than the popularity," he said.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Friday, April 07, 2017
Quadruplet brothers in Ohio have all been accepted at some of the nation's top universities, including each of them to both Yale and Harvard.
The Wade brothers of the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township say they have been notified in recent days of acceptances from a number of notable schools. Lakota East High School principal Suzanna Davis tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that the four seniors epitomize academic focus but are well-rounded, "great young men" with individual personalities.
Aaron, Nick, Nigel and Zachary haven't made their decisions, though Aaron likes Stanford University and his three brothers are leaning toward Yale. Financial aid offers likely will play an important role.
The youths said they are grateful to their parents and to the Lakota schools and their teachers.
"It's really something we couldn't have done on our own without all the support we have had through our lives," Nick said. "It has been awesome."
Their mother, Kim Wade, is a junior high school principal in the Lakota district, and their father, Darrin Wade, works at General Electric Co.
"We feel like getting into these schools show who the people around us are," Nigel said.
Zachary added that they have always gotten encouragement that "the sky's the limit" with their hard work.
"We were never told that we couldn't get somewhere," Zachary said.
The Washington Post reports that Harvard doesn't comment on admission statuses and that Yale said by policy, it doesn't discuss admitted students.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
While giving a keynote address at a conference, entitled “Universities and Slavery: Bound By History” at Harvard University, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates discussed reparations.
Coates, a known proponent of reparations made the case to the audience that progress on racial issues requires institutions to repay their debts to enslaved people.
“I think every single one of these universities needs to make reparations,” he said to wide applause. “I don’t know how you get around that, I just don’t. I don’t know how you conduct research that shows that your very existence is rooted in a great crime, and just say ‘well,’ shrug—and maybe at best say ‘I’m sorry’—and you walk away. And I think you need to use the language of ‘reparation.’ I think it’s very, very important to actually say that word, to acknowledge that something was done in these institutions.”
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Kareem Abdul Jabbar visited the Harvard Institute of Politics where he sat down for a Q&A with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The two discussed a variety of topics including President Obama, politics, social change, education, the black middle class, Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick, and of course a little basketball. Watch their discussion below.
Monday, April 04, 2016
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a high school student from Long Island is celebrating the rare feat of being accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. Watch her story below.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
High school senior Nik Bostrom has a major decision to make. It's not where to spend spring break or who to take to prom. Bostrom is deciding between the seven Ivy League colleges he's been accepted to.
The Verona teenager has always been a good student and a well-rounded member of his school community, but he said that when he decided to apply to seven of the eight Ivy League schools earlier this year, he didn't think that he would get into any of them.
"I really didn't anticipate getting in," he said. "I didn't expect this to happen. It doesn't seem real; it's a dream."
Bostrom is not only boasting an impressive GPA and taking advanced classes, but also heavily involved in his school's music program and marching band. He was also on the Verona track team until a back injury forced him to step down last year.
Even with the impressive record, Bostrom said he and his family were extremely surprised when he acceptances kept rolling in — Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania all accepted Nick. He didn't apply to the eighth Ivy, Dartmouth.
Read more: N.J. teen accepted to 7 Ivy League schools
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
A high school senior on Long Island thought he'd give it the old college try and apply to all eight Ivy League schools. Now, 17-year-old Kwasi Enin, of Shirley, has a tough decision ahead of him after he was accepted at all of them. Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania all said yes. Watch this inspiring story below: