At a keynote address in Johnson Chapel, Emory University historian Carol Anderson used powerful storytelling to outline the history of voter suppression, from the Reconstruction period to the present day.
After becoming the second town in the nation to announce a fund dedicated to reparation, the Town of Amherst’s reparations assembly released its final report at the end of September. It includes findings about past and current racial disparities and plans for allocating the $2 million fund.
In a ceremony on the 50th anniversary of his death in Pratt Pool, the college community remembered Gerald Penny ’77, who drowned during a college-mandated swimming test.
At a panel event on April 11, four researchers shared insights into Amherst's racially exploitative past. Topics of discussion included the college's connections to slavery, the town of Amherst's reparations, and the generational impact on descendants of Black ancestors.
Professor Saidiya Hartman, a prominent interdisciplinary scholar of Black history, spoke at Johnson Chapel Thursday, April 6 as part of the President's Colloquium on Race and Racism, where she previewed a piece of fiction that pokes fun at performative political speech.
A researcher hired by the college to examine Amherst’s racial history and economic ties to slavery up to and through the 1860s, Mike Jirik, outlined highlights of his findings thus far at the regular meeting of The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) on Feb. 27.
As Derek Chauvin’s trial [https://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-chief-derek-chauvin-in-no-way-should-ve-kept-george-floyd-pinned-by-the-neck/600042338/] regarding the death of George Floyd continues into its second week, Black people nationwide are again painfully forced to watch a process that seems rigged against them. We watched Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, get acquitted in 2013