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Fall 2013

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"The best thing Harvard ever did to advance black education was award the Ph.D. to DuBois in 1895. The worst thing Harvard ever did was to establish the so-called black studies [department] in 1968, simply to get rid of the 'black problem."

— James Meredith, recipient of the Ed School's annual Medal of Education Impact, speaking at the Convocation ceremony on May 29. Meredith was the first African American to enroll at the University of Mississippi, amid protests, violence, and the intervention of President John Kennedy.

What do you think of Meredith's comment?