Harvard faces calls to rename ‘Board of Overseers’ over slavery ties

Harvard faces calls to rename ‘Board of Overseers’ over slavery ties
Harvard University

[Ed. – Here’s a thought: If the ‘Coalition for a Diverse Harvard’ doesn’t like something about the nomenclature the school uses, why don’t its members pursue higher education elsewhere?]

The Harvard University Board of Overseers is under pressure to alter its name due to the term having ties to slavery.

The Coalition for a Diverse Harvard is calling for the board to drop the title “overseer,” as the term was also used to refer to individuals who managed plantations. The alumni organization Harvard Forward brought attention to the“Board of Overseers” name in a series of tweets.

“Today, on the 237th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts, we join the @harvarddiverse Coalition in calling to #RenameTheOverseers,” Harvard Forward tweeted July 8.

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“‘Overseer’ also refers to men hired by plantation owners during that same time period to violently control and abuse enslaved people. Plantation overseers were paid to elicit the most work out of enslaved people, and they often resorted to violent disciplinary tactics and brutal torture.”…

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