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Flashback Friday (Way, Way, Back): Harvard’s First Black Student Treasurer

October 30th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance


From Jet Magazine, 1952


Biographical Notes: A graduate of New York’s Fieldston School, Clifford Alexander, Jr. completed his B.A. at Harvard in 1955. He went on to earn a law degree from Yale (1958). He served as an attorney and advisor on the White House staff from 1964 – 1967, before becoming the director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (until 1969). He served as the Secretary of the Army under the Carter Administration.

Today Alexander serves on the Board of Governor’s of the U.S. Stock exchange and sits on the boards of a number of U.S. corporations. He is the father of Elizabeth Alexander, the Yale University English professor chosen to compose and read the inaugural poem for the swearing in of Pres. Barack Obama, on January 20, 2009.

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2 Responses

  1. Michele Berger

    Hey Ajuan,
    Great site, I’m loving what I’m learning on it.

  2. Ajuan Mance

    Thanks Michele. As I have often said, it’s really a labor of love for me. I’m glad you like what you see!