Organ pipes in the Sanctuary of First Church in Cambridge. A wrought iron chandelier hangs in the foreground.

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Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery

May 2, 2022

On Tuesday, April 26, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery released a substantial report on Harvard’s history with recommendations for reparative action. Given First Church’s historic connection to Harvard and this legacy, Dan Smith has been a member of the faculty committee guiding this initiative.  On May 1, we began to engage in learning and reflection about this work, view a 25-minute film about Harvard’s legacy and hold an after-worship discussion about the committee’s report and recommendations. Stay tuned for more opportunities for shared learning, including an outing to explore Harvard’s virtual walking tour.