An intercollegiate conference focused on exploring advocacy efforts specific to Black collegiate students’ interests. Though originally inspired by the ‘I, Too, Am Harvard’ and subsequent ‘I, Too’ movements launched in spring 2014, this conference seeks to provide a platform for interested students to explore these issues further while making long-lasting connections with similarly minded students. From advocacy development workshops to events with alumni to socials, this conference will equip students with the tools needed to make meaningful changes on their respective campuses and beyond.
The Blacktivism Conference
October 10-12, 2014
...spread quickly across social media, laying bare the racial tensions on campus and raising questions about inclusiveness, identity, and racial stereotyping.
- Patricia Williams, The Nation
This project lends voice to unusually gifted, hard-working young people—by any human standard—who nevertheless spend much of their lives hidden behind the projections of others...Together, they have begun a new kind of dialogue about belonging and worth. And they are turning a mirror on the very bad manners, shall we call it, of a society that buries them beneath the history-deprived in-your-face-ness of tone-deaf provocateurs who, much like Paula Deen, never really mean to hurt your feelings—and yet who feel “crucified” when someone points out that they have.
The project echoes campaigns at other universities, where students of color are calling attention to their experiences on campus.It’s just evidence of how universal this experience is.
-Harvard President Drew Faust, Harvard Magazine
2014 is well beyond tomorrow. It is time for Harvard to ensure the fundamental justice that guarantees every member of this community an honored seat at the welcome table. Every group that makes up this richly diverse institution must feel confident in affirming, “We, Too, are Harvard.” We are at once many Harvards, one Harvard. That is our strength.
Drawing attention to microaggressions, whether they are intentional or not, is part of eliminating such stereotypes.
-Melissa Harris-Perry, The Nation
They are revealing that as black students they are routinely “misrecognized” and subjected to micro-aggressions, such as presumptions about having lower intelligence, which diminish their ability to act as full citizens of the Harvard community. This struggle is not limited to a single Cambridge campus. It is also at the heart of an ongoing debate about the meaning of racial politics in the Obama era...
Mobilizing youth for racial justice in the 21st century