By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new book by MIT professor Craig Steven Wilder, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, with a tendril of ivy wrapped around a black chain on its cover, has delved into new sources.READ MORE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy To Announce Mask Requirement For K-12 Students This Fall, Sources Say
Since 2003, Brown University has investigated the University’s ties to slavery and William and Mary, Harvard, Emory are among schools that have completed their own studies. Princeton has begun an undergrad research seminar and the University of Virginia charged a commission to recommend ways to commemorate the University’s “historical relationship with slavery and enslaved people.”READ MORE: Police Searching For Michael Siciliano, Accused Of Posing As Financial Advisor To Steal From Elderly Victims
It is known that Dartmouth’s president brought eight black slaves to the campus and a student- study cited the first eight presidents at Princeton owning slaves.
For the most part, schools are not anxious to advertise their involvement with slavery and in reading Wilder’s book be prepared for many surprises about how slavery was embedded early in the Ivy institutions.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Opening Evening Resource Centers To Keep At-Risk Youth From Getting Caught Up In Gun Violence
Learn more in The New York Times.