With the recent appointment of Professor Claudine Gay to the deanship of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard now has African American women leading four of its 14 schools. Two years ago it had none. The other three are Michelle A. Williams at the School of Public Health, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Bridget Terry-Long at the Graduate School of Education. To read the complete Crimson article, click here.
The article describes the efforts of Emily Johnson to have a land acknowledgement open artistic performances–recognizing the Indigenous tribes who once lived or currently live there. A publication to making an acknowledgement, “Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledge,” was produced by the United States Department of Arts and Culture, a non-governmental organization. To read the complete article, click here.
A hotel clerk calls a black guest a “monkey.” A white guest asks a black woman and her daughter if they bathed before swimming in the hotel pool. Elaine Glusac reports on incidents of racial bias like these that African Americans encounter while traveling. While employee training in diversity is common in the hospitality industry, Professor Bjorn Hanson notes that there has not been “a new wave of sensitivity or messaging” in the wake of social media reports of incidents reported at #TravelingWhileBlack as there was after the Starbucks incident in the spring. Candacy Taylor, who is documenting the sites listed in the Green Book, the guide to places that welcomed African Americans, remarked, “We’ve got to get to a deeper level where black people feel safe as Americans like everyone else, which is what the ‘Green Book’ was trying to do.” Read Glusac’s article by clicking here.
This annual series begins tonight, August 2, at 6 pm. The full schedule of activities for the next ten days is below. For more information or get involved contact John Bailey at  629-0964.
Afsheen Shamsi’s guest column in the Star Ledger (July 30, 2018) addresses the racist commentary by radio hosts about New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. A former Not in Our Town Princeton board member and current member of the Princeton Civil Rights Commission, Afsheen relates her own experience as a target of hate groups and suggests actions for people who want to help victims. To read her complete essay click here.