Hutchins Forum

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Vineyard Gazette: Union Chapel Dedication Proves the Enduring Power of the Pew

August 29, 2019
On Jan. 6, 1961, U.S District Court Judge W. A. Bootle ordered the immediate admission of two black students to the University of Georgia, ending 160 years of segregation at the school. Henry Louis Gates Jr., now the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, was 10 years old when he saw the event play out on television.

CBS: 'Colin Kaepernick To Be Awarded Medal From Harvard University'

September 20, 2018
Colin Kaepernick is among eight people set to be honored at Harvard University next month.

The former NFL star-turned activist will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at the Hutchins Center Honors in Cambridge on Oct. 11. It’s described as “Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African and African American studies.”

Hutchins Forum

Vineyard Gazette: Spirit of Aretha Franklin Fuels Hutchins Forum

August 17, 2018
On Thursday, historian and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosted his annual Hutchins Forum at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. This year’s discussion centered around “A Single Garment of Destiny: MLK’s Dream in the Age of Trump.”
2016 Aug 18

2016 Hutchins Forum: 'Race and the Race to the White House'



Old Whaling Church, 89 Main Street, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Introducer:  Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Moderator:  Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Panelists: Charles Blow, Leah Wright Rigeur, Donna Brazile, Armstrong Williams

Professor Gates

Vineyard Gazette: Racial Equality Long Way Off, Say Speakers Led by Skip Gates

August 20, 2009
Nodding to Professor Henry Louis (Skip) Gates Jr. at his Whaling Church panel discussion Achieving Equality in the Age of Obama last night, Princeton professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell shook her head and said: ”If you had told me this time last year, when we were all pretty emotionally up and excited, even though George W. Bush was still our President, that we would actually feel worse a year later, when Barack Obama was our President, about questions of race in America, I would have told you you were lying.”
Professor Gates

Vineyard Gazette: W.E.B. Du Bois Panel Tackles Hard Questions of Poverty

August 20, 2012
There were plenty of problems on the table and few easy solutions at hand as an influential panel convened Thursday evening to discuss the issue that has gone unnoticed in this issue-laden presidential election year: unemployment and high poverty rates in the African American community.

Vineyard Gazette: Forum on Race Relations Draws Full-House Crowd Into Old Whaling Church

August 27, 2004
It was a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd at the Old Whaling Church on Wednesday, integrated by age, race and Island geography. With whispers that a hundred more were waiting outside, they filled the hall, charged with the anticipation of hearing the charismatic new voice of the Democratic Party, United States Senatorial candidate from Illinois, Barack Obama, and listening as a panel of luminaries offered their views on Brown vs. Board of Education: Mission Accomplished?

Vineyard Gazette: Panel on Race Defines Issues

September 2, 1997
The opinions were as varied as they were emphatic: There have been great opportunities lost in the area of civil rights. Poverty affects 43 per cent of all black children in the United States, the same proportion as it did the year Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Still, African-American people are better off than ever before, and a recent poll showed that most are, in fact, content.
2015 Aug 20

2015 Hutchins Forum 'Black Millennials: They Rock, but Can They Rule?'

(All day)


Old Whaling Church, 89 Main Street, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA


Black Millennials: They Rock, but Can They Rule?
Old Whaling Church, 89 Main Street, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA

The 2015 Hutchins Forum

Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Harvard University
Moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Journalist / Author

Charles F. Coleman Jr.
Civil Rights Attorney / Edge Movement NYC

Janaye Ingram
National Action Network

Deray McKesson
Protestor, Activist, Organizer

Dion Rabouin
International Business Times

Orlando Watson

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