Harvard University Issues Extensive Report on Its Ties to Slavery

Harvard President Larry Bacow has released the Report of the Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery, accepted the committee’s recommendations in full, and announced a historic commitment of $100 million to fund their implementation.

The committee found that “over nearly 150 years, from the university’s founding in 1636 until the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found slavery unlawful, Harvard presidents and other leaders, as well as its faculty and staff, enslaved more than 70 individuals, some of whom labored on campus. Enslaved men and women served Harvard presidents and professors and fed and cared for Harvard students.”

The report also documents how Harvard was involved with financing industries that used the labor of enslaved people. It also notes that over many centuries, substantial donations were received from individuals who profited from industries that operated with enslaved workers.

The university pledged to address ts ties to slavery by taking the following steps:


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  1. HBCU Watch says:

    Look at ole sneaky and racist Harvard University trying to determine the narrative of the criminal past as it centers around the owing of “Africans forced into Slavery in the USA”. What I found even more insulting and disingenuous was Harvard having the Chutzpah to assume by spending a few pennies (i.e., $100 million) in an attempt to “right their wrongs and sins”. I don’t think so Harvard because you cannot buy your way out of your unforgivable sins.

    Unfortunately, Harvard will find a few self-centered so-called Black academics who will be jumping higher than Michael Jordan or LeBron James for these few pennies. How sad is that!

    • Ronald B. Saunders says:

      Harvard should admit every Black student that applies and offer free tuition and board plus provide a stipend each month to each student. Harvard’s hands are dirtier than most Southern Schools that profited off the institution of slavery.

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