Book: Blacks at Harvard : a documentary history of African-American experience at Harvard and Radcliffe (New York: New York University Press, 1993.) (HUG 3215.8)

A history of African Americans at Harvard and Radcliffe that includes a chapter on the development of the Afro-American Studies program.


Book: The Black revolution on campus by Martha Biondi (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.)

A history of the black student movement on college campuses in the United States during the 1960’s and 1970’s and how it relates to civil rights and black activist history. Chapter 6 discusses the student movement for Black Studies with a focus on Harvard University.

Article: Rosovsky, Henry. Black Studies at Harvard: Personal Reflections Concerning Recent Events. The American Scholar, vol. 38, no. 4, The Phi Beta Kappa Society, 1969, pp. 562–72.

Henry Rosovsky chaired the Harvard committee charged with considering the establishment of a department of Afro-American studies at the University.

Video: Colloquium with Orlando Patterson: ‘Race and Diversity at Harvard Over the Past Fifty Years’

Seminar with sociology professor Orlando Patterson about the history of race and diversity at Harvard. He discusses early black administrators at Harvard including those involved in the development of the African American Studies Department.


Video: African and African American Studies 50th Anniversary Symposium, February 28, 2020

Day 1 of a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Harvard African and African American Studies Department. Includes performance by the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College and a roundtable discussion on the founders and early days of the department featuring Lee A. Daniels (AB 1971), Jeffrey P. Howard (AB 1969), Octavia Hudson (AB 1971), sociology professor Orlando Patterson, and former Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences Henry Rosovsky.

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Video: 50 Years of African and African American Studies at Harvard

Tribute video created for the 50th Anniversary of the Harvard African and African American Studies Department featuring reflections from Harvard alumni who concentrated in African and African American. Speakers discuss how African and African Studies has shaped their life and the impact of their educational experience personally and professional.


Photo Exhibition: The Extraordinary Commission: Student Activism and the Birth of Afro-American Studies at Harvard

Gallery exhibit at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research featuring photographs documenting the student rallies and protests leading to the development of the African American Studies Department at Harvard.