The Last


at Harvard

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

Meet the 18: Ezra Griffith

Ezra Griffith
Born: Barbados, West Indies, 1942
Prepared at: Boys High School, Brooklyn, NY

The class of Blacks represented the spectrum that you see even now in the Black society. I remember the one or two that were what I would consider very militant. They had clear ideas about the notions of the Black-white struggle and those ideas were not as pronounced for me coming from the Barbadian society. 

Ezra was born and raised in the small island nation of Barbados, West Indies. His family emigrated to New York City when he was in tenth grade. After Harvard, Ezra would serve two years in the United States Army, one of them in Vietnam. After studying medicine in France, he would spend the next 30 years as a professor of psychiatry on the Yale University faculty.