The Last


at Harvard

The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever

Meet the 18: Lionel Deckle McLean

Lionel Deckle McLean
Prepared at: The Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ

Peddie was rigorous academically. Peddie prepared me for the drill [Harvard]. When I visited Harvard, they shuttled me off to meetings with Black faculty—some of the few. I was offended that they played my visit racially, and suspicious regarding what this indicated about the place. I never tried to hide the fact that I was Negro. I became slightly ‘more Negro’ while at Harvard.