The Last Negroes at Harvard

The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever
eAudio - unabridged
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Product Number: Z16011
Released: Feb 11, 2020
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ISBN: #9781980056089
Narrator/s: Peter Jay Fernandez
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The untold story of the Harvard class of '63, whose Black students fought to create their own identities on the cusp between integration and affirmative action. In the fall of 1959, Harvard recruited eighteen "Negro" boys as an early form of affirmative action. Four years later they would graduate as African Americans. Some fifty years later, one of these trailblazing Harvard grads, Kent Garrett, began to reconnect with his classmates and explore their vastly different backgrounds, lives, and what their time at Harvard meant. Garrett and his partner Jeanne Ellsworth recount how these young men broke new ground. By the time they were seniors, they would have demonstrated against injustice, had lunch with Malcolm X, experienced heartbreak and the racism of academia, and joined with their African national classmates to fight for the right to form an exclusive Black students' group. Part journey into personal history, part group portrait, and part narrative history of the civil rights movement, this is the remarkable story of brilliant, singular boys whose identities were changed at and by Harvard, and who, in turn, changed Harvard.


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The Last Negroes at Harvard
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Narrator(s): Peter Jay Fernandez
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"Peter Jay Fernandez's performance of this audiobook is sincere and engrossing. With impeccable pacing and an appealing deep voice, he brings to life the experiences of Kent Garrett and 17 of his classmates who entered Harvard in 1959, the largest black freshmen class the university had seen. Garrett and Ellsworth intersperse the experiences of those young men at Harvard with extensive interviews about their lives many decades later. It's a fascinating mix of the momentous and the wry. The young men sat at "the black table" in the dining hall, debated integration after Malcolm X visited campus, and were introduced at parties to a rare black female student. They entered Harvard as Negroes and graduated as African-Americans. Fernandez is a perfect conduit to Garrett's informal and amiable style. A.B. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"