The Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Initiative 2024 Symposium 
April 23, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and April 24, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Chattel slavery in the United States ended 150 years ago, and yet its legacy reverberates today in harmful practices and beliefs that are still being perpetuated and continue to impact descendant communities in various ways – from education to healthcare to the economy and our criminal justice system.

We invite you to participate in the inaugural two-day symposium of the Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery (H&LS) initiative, Reckoning with History, Shaping Our Future. This symposium will feature powerful dialogues and performances that aim to educate and inspire our community to learn from our past and shape a better future.

Space is limited. Registration closes on April 15, 2024.
Location

April 23:
Museum of African American History
46 Joy Street, Boston, MA, 02114

April 24:
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138
April 23 Schedule
4:00 PM
Welcome
Sara Bleich - Vice Provost for Special Projects at Harvard University
4:10 PM
Land Acknowledgment
4:15 PM
Remarks from the Museum of African American History
Noelle Trent - President & CEO, Museum of African American History
4:20 PM
Poetry Reading
Porsha Olayiwola - Boston Poet Laureate
4:30 PM
Panel 1
Facing the Legacy: Reckoning with Slavery's Impact on Our Past and Future
Panelist
Leslie Alexander - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History, Rutgers University

Moderator
Lee Pelton - CEO and President, The Boston Foundation
5:30 PM
Keynote
A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones on Confronting the Legacy of Slavery
Speaker
Nikole Hannah-Jones - Journalist, Knight Chair of Race and Journalism, Howard University

Moderator
Kiersten Hash - Student, Harvard College, Class of 2025
6:30 PM
Reception
7:20 PM
Panel 2
Memorializing Through the Arts: Honoring Ancestral Legacies
Panelists 
Sarah Elizabeth Lewis - John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities and Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Tracy K. Smith - Author, Professor of English and African American Studies and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute
8:00 PM
Panel 3
Legacy of Resilience: Descendants Reflect on Ancestral Trauma and Triumph
Panelists
Bertha French - Vice President, Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA, University of Virginia
Egypt Lloyd - Co-Founder, Slave Legacy History Coalition
Michele Scott - Tribal Councilor, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Moderator
Brenda Tindal - Chief Campus Curator and Senior Adviser on Academic and Community Engagement, Harvard University
9:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Roeshana Moore-Evans - Executive Director, Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Initiative, Harvard University 
April 24 Schedule
4:00 pM
Welcome
Sara Bleich - Vice Provost for Special Projects at Harvard University
4:05 pM
Land Acknowledgment
4:10 pM
Remarks from University Leadership
Alan Garber - Interim President, Harvard University
4:20 pM
Highlights from the Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Initiative
Roeshana Moore-Evans - Executive Director Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Initiative, Harvard University
4:30 pM
TED Talks: Power of Partnerships
Panelists
RuQuan Brown - Student, Harvard College, Class of 2024
Shahara C. Jackson - Program Director, HBCU Strategic Initiatives, Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Initiative, Harvard University
Kelli Mosteller - Executive Director, Harvard University Native American Program, Harvard University
5:10 pM
Keynote
Solidarity in Action: The Power of Allyship and Partnerships in Black and Indigenous Reparative Justice 
Speaker
Tara Houska - Environmental and Indigenous Rights Advocate and Founder of Giniw Collective

Moderator
Karen Medina Perez - Student, Harvard Division of Continuing Education, Class of 2024, Harvard University Native American Program
6:10 pM
Reception
7:15 pM
Special Performance
"Origination"
7:45 pM
Panel
Legacy in Action: Generational Leaders Shaping Reparative Action 
Panelists
George Greenidge - Founder and Director, Greatest MINDS
Amira Madison - Supporting Indigenous Communities Program Manager, City of Boston
Saskia VannJames - Co-Founder, Grow to Consume

Moderator
Michael Curry - President and CEO, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
8:45 pM
Presentation of Grant Awardees 
Sara Bleich - Vice Provost for Special Projects at Harvard University
Roeshana Moore-Evans - Executive Director Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Initiative, Harvard University
9:00 pM
Call to Action
Sara Bleich - Vice Provost for Special Projects at Harvard University
Roeshana Moore-Evans - Executive Director Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Initiative, Harvard University
 Join us on April 23 and 24, 2024
We look forward to being in community with you.

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