2019 Annual Report
"In my opening letter last year, I referred to the disruptions in what we have long taken for granted as fundamental truths about this nation and the world. Voting rights, civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, human rights, religious freedom, and global interconnectedness all were under attack in ways that were, if not unimaginable, then at least surprising, given the forward march of progress in the United States over the last several decades. This year, we continue to see that progress being challenged and dismantled by forces that would have our country return to a “greatness” that excluded, oppressed, and diminished too many. It is in this context that the Hutchins Center moves forward with the work of excavating buried truths and illuminating the darkest corners of our shared history as citizens of this country and of the world."
-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., excerpt from the 2019 "Letter from the Director"