Harvard Student From Bermuda Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Last week we reported that four African Americans won prestigious Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at Oxford University.

In addition to the four African Americans who won Rhodes Scholarships, Jay A.H. Butler, a senior at Harvard College and a native of Bermuda, also won a Rhodes Scholarship. Butler is majoring in history at Harvard and writing his thesis on race relations in nineteenth-century Bermuda. While at Harvard, Butler played in the orchestra and was a member of the Kuumba Singers. He also volunteered at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. He plans to study jurisprudence at Oxford.

Butler’s great-great-grandfather, the son of former slaves, was the first black faculty member at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.