Obama at Harvard Law School diversity protest in 1991 (video)
By Rachel Weiner,
BuzzFeed has unearthed video of President Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, speaking at a protest for more diversity on campus in 1991:<iframe width=”500” height=”369” src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/tz3qShugQ9I” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen></iframe>
It’s a short video but an interesting glimpse at the president as a young student. His public speaking style appears to have changed little over the years.
In his remarks, Obama praised Professor Derrick Bell, who had decided to take an unpaid leave of absence until a woman of color was given tenure at the school.
Bell, who Obama called “the Rosa Parks of legal education,” died last year. He is credited with developing “critical race theory” — the idea that bias against African Americans and other minorities is ingrained in the legal system. He never returned to Harvard, and an African American woman did not become a tenured professor there until 1998.