The City of Cambridge and the Harvard Crimson announced that the city will name a square in honor of the late journalist and author David L. Halberstam, Harvard College Class of 1955 and a Crimson alumnus.
The dedication of the square, located at the intersection of Linden, Bow, and Mount Auburn streets, will take place during a public ceremony this Wednesday, October 6, at 4 p.m.
The public is also invited to attend a panel discussion titled “In the Spirit of David Halberstam: Investigative Reporting from the Front Lines” at the Harvard Kennedy School’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, beginning at 6 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics and Phillips Brooks House.
Mayor David P. Maher said that Cambridge is honoring Halberstam because he used his narrative skill to expose state-sanctioned injustice and because he challenged untruths coming from powerful people, standing as a role model for his journalistic successors. “Over fifty years later, these two issues remain at the center of today’s American agenda,” Maher said.