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Statement from the Dean on Black Legacy Month at Fletcher

Dean Rachel Kyte shares how Fletcher will celebrate Black Legacy Month and progress made on DEI initiatives.

There are times when you search for the right words to elucidate a moment, or a movement, and then there are times when it only makes sense to echo the voices of others who have already done that eloquently. The U.S.’ first National Youth Poet Laureate – and the youngest poet laureate in U.S. history ­– Amanda Gorman summoned poignant, perfectly crafted verses that reflected on history, both recent and receded, while inspiring the nation and the world to move forward, saying “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” Gorman’s now historic reading of her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden still rings in our ears and emboldens us to listen, learn, encourage, empower, and do better as we seek opportunities to celebrate and uplift our own accomplished Black community at The Fletcher School.

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