Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Guide to Life at Harvard Debuts

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Guide to Life at Harvard Debuts

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

Harvard University's Black Students Association unveiled its long-awaited "The Black Guide to Life at Harvard" last month during an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Afro-American Studies department.

The 322-page guide is the first comprehensive publication on resources for Black students, containing a history of Blacks at the college, listings of professors, restaurants and hair salons, as well as facetious commentary about Black life at the college.

That commentary, however, turned controversial the day after the guide made its debut, with student complaining that one article in particular was offensive to Black women and victims of sexual assault.

The article, "Top 10 Signs Harvard Has Driven a Black Woman Crazy," was written by the guide's executive editor Marques J. Redd, and included the statements: "When she thinks falsely accusing people of rape is funny" and "When she can't say `I love you' without a restraining order," the Harvard Crimson reported. …

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