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Since visiting Hiroshima a decade ago, historian Vincent J. Intondi has been exploring a corollary American question: What had blacks thought of using the bomb in 1945? His findings are in his dramatic and readable new book “African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement.”

Unsettled by the bomb

African-Americans, no strangers to heavy-handed authority, were far less supportive of nuclear weapons, author says

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With her personal copy of Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," President Drew Faust talked about how the Civil Rights Movement and King’s words affected her. She told the Harvard Business School students that they don’t have to enter service-related fields to foster change. If they desire it, opportunities to act will become apparent. “Keep in mind this intense desire to make a difference, and you’re going to find a lot of opportunities to do it,” Faust said.

Message delivered

President Faust offers her insights into ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ to HBS first-year students

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