Harvard released a report last week about the school’s legacy of slavery and racism, as well as a pledge to spend $100 million to fund programs to address past wrongs.
Harvard President Larry Bacow originally began this initiative in 2019 — and on April 26, he announced the findings, as well as some sweeping recommendations.
In a video announcement, Bacow said: “The truth is that slavery played a significant part in our institutional history. The truth is that the legacy of slavery continues to influence the world in the form of disparities in education, health, wealth, income, social mobility, and almost any other metric we might use to measure equality.”
The report found that between 1636 (when the school was founded) to 1783 (when slavery ended in Massachusetts),