A rare catalog for an 1854 sale that included enslaved Africans. One of the oldest collections at Yale, the Slavery Pamphlets archive comprises over 750 booklets and tracts from predominantly American and European regions
Dr. Ruth Simmons: First African-American woman to lead an Ivy League universityDr. Ruth Simmons is not your average academic. In 2001, Simmons was named president of Brown University—the first African-American woman to be at the helm of an Ivy League university. Immediately prior to taking over at Brown, Simmons served as president of another prestigious school, the Seven-Sister institution Smith College.
Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. She wrote A Raisin in the Sun, a play about a struggling black family, which opened on Broadway to great success. Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in civil rights. She died at 34 of pancreatic cancer.