The Last


at Harvard

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

Meet the 18: Fred Easter

Fred Easter
Born: New York City, NY, 1941
Prepared at: The Gunnery, Washington, CT & George Washington High School, New York, NY

Black rage? No question in my mind that I'm a pissed off Black man today. Tomorrow, I expect to wake up pissed off. Yes, no question in my mind. I don't think Harvard had anything to do with my coming to understand myself as a Black man.

Fred was born and grew up in the projects, in Harlem, NY and attended elementary and high school in the city schools. Through the actions of the National Scholarship and Service Fund for Negro Students, he spent the next two years at The Gunnery, a private prep school in Connecticut. He thinks that Harvard admitted so many "Negroes" in 1959 because they realized that 1963, the year we would graduate, was the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. After Harvard, Fred would devote his life in San Francisco and Minneapolis to working with school and social organizations that help at-risk inner city kids.