On Tuesday, Nov. 24, 766 HBS students, staff and faculty will gather to watch the annual Sankofa show performed by the members of HBS’ African American Student Union (AASU). “Sankofa” is a word from the Akan language of Ghana. It means to “go back and take.” The members of AASU will reach into the past… Continue reading Seven Reasons To SeeSankofa
Attendees Celebrate Progress in the African-American Business Community and Contemplate the Future. The African-American Students Union (AASU) hosted the 35th Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference from February 23 through February 25 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel. The conference, one of the largest business school conferences hosted by a student club and the flagship event… Continue reading Annual AASU Conference Receives Rave Reviews
On Wednesday, January 17, the African-American Student Union (AASU) sent a team of 18 volunteers to the Greater Boston Food Bank to inspect, sort and repack food that will be distributed to hunger relief agencies in the area. For many of the volunteers, it was their first day back to campus after the winter break.… Continue reading Packing the Pounds
In its return to the HBS campus on December 8, 2006 after a one year hiatus, Sankofa both surprised and delighted, captivating the audience of nearly 600. As the lights dimmed in Burden Auditorium, the air filled with anticipation for what was to be one of the best performances ever witnessed on the campus of… Continue reading Sankofa!
Over 450 graduate school students and Boston area professionals, who were stylishly dressed in black, converged upon Club Aria on October 5 for The Onyx Party-the annual beginning of the year celebration sponsored by the African-American Student Union (AASU) at HBS. The Onyx Party, with the name coined by AASU for the themed event’s black… Continue reading The Onyx Party-Be Sexy, Wear Black!
The Meredith Room at Spangler opened her towering doors to members of the African American Student Union (AASU) on Wednesday, September 6, for the organization’s Welcome Reception. The reception, serving dual purposes, welcomed students in the Class of 2008 while reuniting faculty, staff, alumni, and EC students of the AASU community. The resounding message from… Continue reading AASU Welcome Reception
The African-American Student Union (AASU) hosted the 34th Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference February 24 through 26 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel. The weekend-long event is one of the largest business school conferences hosted by a student club, both in the registered number of participants and financial budget. Leveraging the diversely rich AASU alumni… Continue reading AASU Conference: "Legacy", "Endeavor" to Convert Dreams into History
Students from the Harvard Community were decked out in their most stylishly sexy, yet cool black attire in support of Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts. The HBS African American Student Union (AASU) started the semester off in a big way by sponsoring the Onyx Party on September 23, 2005. Co-Chairs of the AASU Social Committee, Chance… Continue reading Onyx: Partying with a Purpose
February is Black History Month and this month the Harbus will present you with a series of articles detailing the contributions of African Americans at HBS. African Americans have a long history here at Harvard University. Harvard Business School’s first African American graduate was Monroe Dowling, class of 1931. Upon arrival on campus, he faced… Continue reading Building a Community
This was the first year the African-American Student Union (AASU) sponsored a month long celebration of black history at HBS in honor of the nationally recognized Black History Month (BHM) which is held each February. This year’s celebration involved three signature events that highlighted key areas of black history and culminated in the 32nd Annual… Continue reading Black History Month @ Harvard Business School
The following facts paint a harsh picture of the situation many African Americans face in today’ssociety. o The typical black family had 60% as much income as a white family in 1968, but only 58% as much in 2002. o One in nine African Americans cannot find a job. Black unemployment is more than twice… Continue reading Minorities in Business:
“Returning to your roots, recapturing what you lost and moving forward,” is a phrase that has great significance for African-Americans. For us, it is very important to have an intimacy with our heritage. For years, we have continued to seek this intimacy, and one such example was witnessed here at HBS with Sankofa. Sankofa is… Continue reading Sankofa: A Celebration of What Was and What Will Be
February is Black History Month and this month the Harbus will present you with a series of articles detailing the contributions of African Americans at HBS. The following is the first article in this series. African Americans have a long history here at Harvard University. Harvard Business School’s first African American graduate was Monroe Dowling,… Continue reading Building a Community
Each year since 1968 the Harvard Business School has bestowed its highest honor-The Alumni Achievement Award-on a few extraordinary graduates. The Award recognizes outstanding leaders who have made an impact on both business and society, and whose accomplishments serve as an inspiration to those who aspire to do the same. Recipients of the Award are… Continue reading Entrepreneur Receives HBS' Highest Honor
In a Harbus article printed September 19, 1968, Leroy Willis, one of the “Founding Five” African American students who established AASU, enumerated several reasons that such an organization was needed. Recruiting and retaining black students and increasing the relevance of the curriculum to help address societal problems were top priorities, but he states that “the… Continue reading 'A Constructive Force around HBS': AASU Today
For me, Saturday, February 1st was a very busy day. My head swam and wheezed to maintain order of my obligations ranging from the paper to the AASU conference. Sneaking a moment from the day, I opened internet explorer to Yahoo!. Without warning, my day hit an instant and dramatic pause caused by five words.… Continue reading Editorial: The Pedagogy of Tragedy
Black History Month is time for all of us to reflect on the many contributions and the rich ethnic heritage of African Diaspora. When my son Greg saw his first images of slavery in Tanzania last May, he couldn’t understand it. I tried to explain; but he has grown up in a world where everyone… Continue reading Black History Month
As the final weeks of Black History Month 2002 approach, many will see HBS African and African-American Students running around campus in a hurry muttering to themselves “three days left, three days left, it’s almost here….” These AASU students are not talking about exploding job offers (wouldn’t that be nice) or counting down to the… Continue reading AASU Prepares for 30th Anniversary of Signature Event
This article is the third of four pieces detailing the history of African-Americans at HBS for Black History Month, and is co-sponsored by the African American Student Union (AASU) and the Baker Library Historical Collection. History was made when Lillian Lincoln registered for Harvard Business School in the fall of 1967. She was one of… Continue reading Opening Doors and Giving Back: Lillian Lincoln and AASU's Early Years
Who knew that the 29th Annual African-American Student Union (AASU) Conference would also be the last? The many prospective students, current MBAs, alumni, and business leaders in attendance during the weekend of February 23-25, 2001 learned that the yearly gathering has been renamed. Beginning in 2002 at its thirtieth anniversary gathering, the annual three-day assembly… Continue reading What's In a Name?
Are African Americans getting left behind in the shift towards a digital economy? What are the opportunities for businesses to bridge the gap between the African-American community and success that others have found in the new economy? These and other questions will be addressed on the weekend of Friday, February 23, 2001 during the African-American… Continue reading The Digital Dilemma