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Seven Reasons To SeeSankofa

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…

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The Hope that Change Brings

6 members of the HBS African American Student Union (AASU) family discuss what the election of Barack Obama means to them. Lauryn Hale Barack Obama ran for President on a platform of hope and a promise of change. His victory last Tuesday, November 4th was America’s first step towards these promises becoming reality. It is…

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Letting the American Reality Sink In

Whenever something big happens, people always say “remember where you were on that day,” as if you will forget. On November 4th 2008, something big happened – Barack Obama, was elected the 44th President of the United States. Remember where you were that day, and where you were when it finally sunk in that our…

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Point of View — A Historic Election, A Historic Candidate

African American support for Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is not monolithic. Senator Obama’s policy goals, the historical significance of his candidacy, and a sense of pride are a few of the reasons he has garnered so much support from African American voters. Overwhelming African American support for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign belies the myriad…

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AASU Takes Burden By Storm with Sankofa!

On an otherwise frigid night, Burden Auditorium radiated tradition from the soulful and spirited show gracing its stage. The audience was treated to a delightful and educational exposition of African Diaspora’s art, culture, and history as the African-American Student Union (AASU), the Caribbean Business Club (CBC), and the African Business Club (ABC) collaborated in bringing…

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Building a Community

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…

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Minorities in Business:

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…

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Sankofa: A Celebration of What Was and What Will Be

“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…

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Building a Community

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,…

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Spirit of a Community:

Like many great gifts, this exhibition originates from the cultural powerhouse to our south that many of us feel a little too far away from: Pittsburgh. Coming to New England this summer, the original images shot by Teenie Harris and an accompanying documentary film on his work offer an interesting view of African-American culture in…

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Second Year Student Detained in Case of "Mistaken Identity"

Over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, on Saturday January 18th, while attending a McKinsey Consulting Business conference in Dallas, Texas, Matt Turner (OC), Section President and a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves was detained and questioned for over an hour by local police; in a confusing, bewildering, and humiliating course of events, Turner,…

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Veritas. Truth. "And the truth shall set you free."

Black History Month is regarded as a time of reflection. A time to appreciate the contributions of African-Americans who believed in individual sacrifice for the benefit of the community. African-Americans who understood that sometimes you must forfeit personal gain for broad advancement. African Americans who were so committed to visions of the future that they…

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Blazing a Trail

People of African descent have a long history in America, arriving on her shores even before the Mayflower. Though over the next 250 years most African Americans were enslaved, a sizeable number were free and were able to achieve the American dream of entrepreneurial success. In 1841, William Liedsdoroff, a Virgin Islands native and San…

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Turbulent Times: HBS in the 1960s

This article is the second 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. The years following World War II marked a dramatic transition in the US, especially in terms of race relations. The…

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Turbulent Times: HBS in the 1960s

This article is the second 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. The years following World War II marked a dramatic transition in the U.S., especially in terms of race relations….

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Blazing a Trail

This article is the first 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 Collections. People of African descent have a long history in America, arriving on her shores even before the Mayflower. Though…

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