The Last Negroes at Harvard: The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever

  • 10h 44m 2s
  • Jeanne Ellsworth, Kent Garrett
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2020

The untold story of the Harvard class of '63, whose Black students fought to create their own identities on the cusp between integration and affirmative action.

In the fall of 1959, Harvard recruited 18 "Negro" boys as an early form of affirmative action. Four years later they would graduate as African Americans. Some 50 years later, one of these trailblazing Harvard grads, Kent Garrett, began to reconnect with his classmates and explore their vastly different backgrounds, lives, and what their time at Harvard meant.

Garrett and his partner Jeanne Ellsworth recount how these young men broke new ground. By the time they were seniors, they would have demonstrated against injustice, had lunch with Malcolm X, experienced heartbreak and the racism of academia, and joined with their African national classmates to fight for the right to form an exclusive Black students' group.

Part journey into personal history, part group portrait, and part narrative history of the civil rights movement, this is the remarkable story of brilliant, singular boys whose identities were changed at and by Harvard, and who, in turn, changed Harvard.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - New Boys: Fall 1959
  • Chapter 2 - Curiosities
  • Chapter 3 - Integrators: Spring 1960
  • Chapter 4 - Bright Shadows
  • Chapter 5 - House Negroes: Fall 1960, Spring and Summer 1961
  • Chapter 6 - So-Called Negroes: Fall 1961
  • Chapter 7 - The Lost Negroes
  • Chapter 8 - Rising Sons of Darkness: Spring and Summer 1962
  • Chapter 9 - Afro Americans: Fall 1962 and Spring 1963
  • Chapter 10 - Alumni