In the fall of 1959, Harvard College admitted eighteen "Negro" boys to its freshman class. Four years later, they graduated as Afro-Americans, as Black men. I was one of them. We were The Last Negroes at Harvard.
We were the first generation too come to Harvard in numbers large enough to build a collective identity. We were the last generation to go to Harvard with no black studies, no black faculty and no black student groups.
The book, The Last Negroes at Harvard, written by Kent Garrett and Jeanne Ellsworth, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the fall/winter of 2018