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Harvard Medical School: offer posthumous graduation diplomas to Martin Robison Delany

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Martin Robison Delany was one of three African-Americans who were wrongfully expelled from Harvard Medical School because of objections to their integration of Harvard Medical School by fellow medical students. A group of students against integration wrote to the faculty, complaining that "the admission of blacks to the medical lectures was "highly detrimental to the interests, and welfare of the Institution of which we are members." They stated they had "no objection to the education and elevation of blacks but do decidedly demonstrate against their presence in college with us."

By offering Martin Robison Delany, Daniel Laing, Jr. and Isaac H. Snowden posthumous graduation diplomas it would correct the grievous harm that was done to them and restore faith and justice in those who were wrongfully denied their right to an education.

 In the future may a memorial scholarship for premedical students and a fellowship for medical school students in their names be created as a permanent and lasting legacy of the wrong that was committed that should have been corrected.

Harvard Medical School's mission states "To create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease". May it continue in upholding it's mission by granting the requests in it.



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