Ebony & Ivy – an exploration of the intertwined histories of slavery, racism, and higher education in America – from MIT Professor Craig Steven Wilder
A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed its complex and contested involvement in slavery–setting off a controversy that made headlines across the country. However, Brown’s troubling past was far from unique.
In Ebony and Ivy, Professor Wilder lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and elite American universities:
Professor Wilder writes about how these elite universities were soaked in the sweat, the tears, and sometimes the blood of people of color. Slavery funded these colleges, built their campuses, and paid the salaries of professors.