College students across the nation have been holed up inside their homes and dorms for months, staring at Zoom screens instead of being in the classroom, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As we reflect on what the university experience is, and should be, please consider a social media and social justice movement that took off this summer called #BlackInTheIvory.

Its aim was to document and give voice to all of the overt and underhanded slights that black students, faculty and staff have endured for years.

This one is personal, folks.

In 1988, I was the first black woman to enroll in my Ph.D. program in 13 years. I was also the only black woman on the scene. I share some memories from that time here, in a new piece published today in The New Yorker. Hold on tight. What you read may astonish you. Thanks as always for your support… and please don’t forget to share with a friend.

Photograph by Ed Kashi / VII / Redux

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