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Confronting Anti-Black Racism

Examine the past, understand the present, and create a better future.

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Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery
The presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, announced by Harvard President Larry Bacow in November of 2019 and anchored at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, is an effort to understand and address the enduring legacy of slavery within our University community.

New Course at Harvard Kennedy School

Picture of wall art saying From Enslavement to Mass Encarceration

The Harvard Kennedy School has launched a new required core course on race and public policy

The intensive two-week course, “Race and Racism in the Making of the United States as a Global Power,” developed and taught by HKS Professors Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Sandra Susan Smith, aims to ensure that students learn how and why race and racism are not just aberrational artifacts of the past but lie “at the heart of the American project.”

Course readings include:

- The Political Legacy of American Slavery

- Why Doesn’t the United States Have a European-Style Welfare State?

- Racism in America: A Reader

- The Descent of Democracy

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade is an open-source database of historical information and stories highlighting the lives of the enslaved dating from the 15th century to the late 1800s and spanning Western Europe, Africa, and North and South America.

About the project

Understanding and dismantling anti-Black racism is one of the most urgent and persistent issues of our time. Confronting Anti-Black Racism curates Harvard research and resources on the history of racism in the United States and its impact on Black communities. The project introduces and explores a continuous knowledge loop of scholarship, library resources, and real-world experiences of Black Americans. It enables researchers to examine the past and understand the present, giving us the tools to build a better future.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism is developed by Harvard Library. Check back regularly for new resources and information.

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