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Not Segregation. Really?

Hey Michael, just who is it that you think will believe this act is not one of segregation? You are living in your own Harvard world Mister. So they raised $27,000 in a year to pull this off. If it had been for worthy, justly cause, you surely could have raised five times that amount in an entire year. Unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable! Even this once great educational institution offered me a free ride, I would never take it. Do the Alumni support all that’s going on here. Sad!

I know it may seem as though I am picking on Harvard University with two posts in a row about it, but hey, do they not deserve all the attention they get? I think they do. Shame on them.

Black graduate students at Harvard University will soon be a part of a first-of-its-kind ceremony.

On May 23, the prestigious university will hold an individual ceremony for black graduate students, according to a report by The Root. The ceremony, which took a year to plan, celebrates “fellowship” not “segregation,” Michael Huggins, a graduate student that will receive his master’s of public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School this month, told The Root.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s black excellence and black brilliance,” Michael Huggins told the online publication. “It’s an event where we can see each other and our parents and family can see us as a collective, whole group. A community.”

More than 120 students have registered to partake in the ceremony, which will be held at Holmes Field, near the Harvard law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students raised more than $27,000 to pay for the ceremony and a reception that will follow. The student body hopes to organize a similar ceremony for black undergraduate students at Harvard next year, Huggins said.

The graduate students still plan to participate in the school’s main ceremony later this month. Last year, Harvard was named the No. 2 best college for African-Americans by Essence and MONEY magazines. Well now, that’s an impressive set of magazines — NOT!

“This is not about segregation,” Huggins told The Root. “It’s about fellowship and building a community. This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us. We are all partners.”