BuzzFeed recently got a hold of a video of President Obama at Harvard in 1991, speaking during a protest that advocated for more diversity on the university’s faculty. The short clip took place when Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review (in his last year there).
According to BuzzFeed, the president joined Professor Derrick Bell in protesting against “Harvard’s denial of tenure to a black woman professor, Regina Austin, at a time when only three of the law school’s professors were black and only five women.” Obama said he would take a leave of absence “until a woman of color is offered and accepted a tenured position on this faculty.”
Watching Obama speak then is much like watching him speak now. You’ll recognize his mannerisms and tone (and tendency to make little jokes).
Take a look:
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