Georgetown to give admission preference to descendants of slaves
Washington, DC’s Georgetown University once sold slaves to stay in business, and now it plans to make up for that.
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Descendants of the people it sold in 1838 will nowreceive preferential status during the admissions process — possibly the first concession of its kind.
Georgetown administrators also announced on Wednesday that the school will erect a memorial to honor the slaves who built the school and publicly apologize for its involvement in the slave trade. One of the buildings that was formerly dedicated to a slave master will be renamed after a slave, and a second will be renamed after a prominent black educator. And the school will open a designated institute for people to study slavery.
The changes come nearly one year after hundreds of students rallied on campus and staged a sit-in outside President John J. DeGioia’s office, calling on the school’s leader to address racism on campus. The hostile environment, they argued, was a direct product of Georgetown’s historic ties to slavery.
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