Students in graduation


June 2020

 Philip V. McHarris ’10, Kehinde Togun ’02 and Nana Osei-Opare ’07 have all responded to the national crisis around systemic racism with opinion pieces in The New York Times, The New York Daily News and The Washington Post.

McHarris’s piece, co-authored by Thenjiwe McHarris, was published May 30 and leads with  “The only way we’re going to stop these endless cycles of police violence is by creating alternatives to policing. Because even in a pandemic where black people have been disproportionately killed by the coronavirus, the police are still murdering us.”

McHarris is a doctoral student at Yale focusing on race, housing and policing. Click here to read his piece in the New York Times.

The Daily News published “The America My Son Deserves,” by Kehinde Togun on June 4. He concluded his article with,  “Only after we make meaningful steps will I have reason for optimism. Until then, I will hold my son close while I support those protecting the citizens on the front lines and organizations working to dismantle racism in the classroom.”

Togun is on the board of the Center for Racial Justice in Education. He is also a Truman National Security Fellow and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Read his story in The Daily News.

On June 5, The Washington Post published Opare’s piece, “Around the World, The U.S, Has Long Been a Symbol of Anti-Black Racism,” giving a  global context to the current response to George Floyd’s murder.

Opare is an assistant professor of African and Cold War history at Fordham University in New York and his editorial can be read in the Washington Post by clicking this link.

Noreen Connolly H’11