From the archive, 1969: Orientation, late '60s-style, saw students registering at Warren Towers. Photo by BU Photography
Sir/Madam, These Freshmen are seven young people of color. 1969 must have been a very special year indeed. Where did they find these 7 young people? Were they especially chosen? Who are they? Where are they now? Can we hear from them? Who took the photo and can we hear from him/her? I work on Commonwealth Avenue and rarely see BU students who match the above description. BU students are overwhelmingly upper middle class and white. The American way of education, like much else in America, is based upon a philosophy of economic privilege, left over from the Industrial Revolution, and “the intellectual culture of the Enlightenment” (see Sir Ken Robinson – Changing Paradigms). What we have is not “no child left behind” but more like “most children forgotten”. Especially if they come from the lower classes, are economically deprived (read “poor) and/or are young people of color. I look forward to a day when once again we will see many BU students of color.
© 2016 Boston University