Black Students at Harvard Fight Racism With “I, Too, Am Harvard” Project
“Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned. This project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here.”
A group of Harvard University students have joined together to spread the word on an issue of institutional racism that continues to be ignored in a project called “I, Too, Am Harvard.” In response to an article entitled “Affirmative Dissatisfaction” By Sarah R. Siskind, the project was created in order to serve as a voice for miniority students. The goal of the project on is to alert the administration to the ongoing issues of race and to see those issues addressed. This outstanding project was organized by Harvard sophomore Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence. She interviwed 40 fellow students during an independent study last semester and created a tumblr account titled “I, Too, Am Harvard.” that debuted last saturday. The tumblr page has received thousands of hits ever since and features images of the students holding up signs with racially-charged remarks on them. Here are a few:
Matsuda- Lawerence shares “We’re part of a nationwide movement of black student activism. We haven’t started this, but we’re hoping we can add to the movement and speak up against racism on college campuses.”
Round of applause for these amazing students.