'I, Too, Am Harvard' Tells the Stories of Black Students

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A digital media campaign highlighting the life of black students at Harvard has drawn tens of thousands of views on Tumblr and other outlets.

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I, Too, Am Harvard is "a photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College," according to the Tumblr page where the pictures are published. "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. This place is ours. We, TOO, are Harvard"

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Via the Boston Globe:

The images are part of a multimedia project reflecting the experiences of dozens of black students called "I, Too, Am Harvard.'' It has spread quickly across social media, laying bare the racial tensions on campus and raising questions about inclusiveness, identity, and racial stereotyping.

"People tell us we don't deserve to be here," remarks one student in a video produced for the project, addressing how some students feel about affirmative action and the Harvard admissions process. Another student observes that whenever the subject of race or slavery comes up in classroom discussions, all turn to see how she, a young black woman, will react.

Illustration for article titled I, Too, Am Harvard Tells the Stories of Black Students
Illustration for article titled I, Too, Am Harvard Tells the Stories of Black Students
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Images via I Too Am Harvard Tumblr.

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So tired of people using Affirmative Action to assume people got in schools on some act of charity.

If you had access to internet, all the course materials, a tutor, a safe and comfortable space to study, ample free time and the loving support of family and got an A. Well done.

If someone had access to little or none of those things, and still got an A-, sorry that means they are 3 times more intelligent and talented than you.

There are people who had to study under streetlights when their electricity got cut. Who had 6 younger sibling to take care of when the night came and their single mother had to go to work. Who couldn't afford all the books or readings. Who came from schools where the teachers showed up a couple times a month. And they STILL got within your grade range in exams. How dare you belittle them.