Capture the MO*MIT - More Of MIT... It is important to venture back in time, to search for evidence of the role and experience of blacks since the Institute opened its doors in 1865. The project’s continuing objective is to place the black experience at MIT in its full and appropriate context, by researching and disseminating a varied set of materials and by exposing a larger community of interests — both inside and outside MIT — to this rich, historically significant legacy.
As we continue with a new chapter of giving through the MIT Capital Fund, The Blacks at MIT History Project would like to thank those who have supported us with their generous gifts in the past, present, and future. A new initiative begins with the MIT Crowdfund site (through the end of June 2015) in contributing your financial support to this ongoing research project. "The Grid" is one of a series of image "mosaics" denoting our capital contributing supporters. Thank You The Blacks at MIT History Project Team
Blacks at MIT History Project is a continuous research effort and
collaborative endeavor sponsored by the MIT Office of the Provost.
The project is archiving the historical achievements and influence
that students, staff, faculty, and management have accomplished for
MIT in their ongoing careers.
Blacks at MIT History Project mission is to research, identify, and
produce scholarly curatorial content on the black experience at MIT
since opening its doors in 1865. This Project was founded and is
directed by Dr. Clarence G. Williams, Adjunct Professor of Urban
Studies & Planning Emeritus and Former Special Assistant to the
President, MIT. He is an innovator in higher education for four
decades and a recipient of a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration
and Counseling Psychology.
Williams joined the administration at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in 1972 as Assistant Dean of the Graduate School and was
named Special Assistant to the President and Chancellor for Minority
Affairs in 1974. From 1980-1982, he served as Acting Director of the
Office of Minority Education, and from 1984-1997, he assumed
additional responsibilities as Assistant Equal Opportunity Officer,
along with a broader scope of the Special Assistant position, to
serve the MIT community as an ombudsperson. From 1992 until his
status changed to emeritus in 2004, he taught race relations and
diversity courses in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He
is serving, since 1995, as the Founder and Director of the Blacks at MIT
project’s continuing objective is to place the black experience at
MIT in its full and appropriate context, by researching and
disseminating a varied set of materials. It is also exposing a
larger community of interests — both inside and outside MIT — to
this rich and historically significant legacy. We are currently
conducting oral history video interviews with black tenured faculty
at MIT. The videos explore each faculty member’s passion for what
he or she does, involving their professional fields, their research
and teaching, and their personal journey. How did they become who
they are? What was the path that led them to MIT? The videos will be
part of a web-based history, with multimedia access by the public
including particular outreach to young people. Additionally, the
project is producing audio and image narratives reflecting on the
continuing legacy of the this unique and important population within
the MIT community experience.
current Blacks at MIT History Project website is in the final stages of a major update, yet it can still
be accessed. This blog highlights ongoing efforts regarding the project's initiatives.