September 1, 2016
Other universities and colleges in the U.S. have publicly acknowledged past ties to slavery. But in a speech on September 1, Georgetown University president John. J. DeGioia took the unprecedented step of “awarding preferential status in admissions” to the descendants of 272 slaves who were sold by the school in 1838. Georgetown will also “offer a formal apology, create an institute for the study of slavery, and erect a public memorial to the slaves whose labor benefited the institution.”
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