Black Classics Scholars, an Untold Story

Portraits of pioneering intellectuals on exhibit at Howard Thurman Center

The face in the black-and-white photo, with its wraparound graying sideburns and sober demeanor, evokes a retired Civil War general. William Sanders Scarborough couldn’t have been further from that: an African American, he was born a slave in 1852 Georgia. But he would achieve something perhaps even more extraordinary than a general’s rank.

In an era when many thought blacks unfit for higher education, Scarborough would become one of the country’s leading classicists, author of an acclaimed Greek grammar book that won him speaking engagements and an invitation to Theodore Roosevelt’s White House in the first decade of the 20th century. He wasn’t alone. As a new exhibition at the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground makes clear, Scarborough was one of several black intellectuals who became scholars of classical studies in the Gilded Age and the early 1900s.

Photo portraits of Scarborough and more than two dozen other black classicists will be on view beginning Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and will remain up through February. The show, previously at BU’s Florence & Chafetz Hillel House, illuminates a little-known episode in the nation’s civil rights struggle. Read The Rest of The Story

11/30/15 -- Boston, Massachusetts Fourteen portraits of African American classicists, mostly from 1870s to 1920s. The Classics Dept. Chairman, Dr. Steven Scully, has organized the exhibit. It's at Hillel during the shoot and will move to the Howard Thurman Center in January for MLK Day. Here, Dr. Scully stands with the portrait of William Sanders Scarborough. Photo by Dana J. Quigley for Boston University Photography
11/30/15 — Boston, Massachusetts
Fourteen portraits of African American classicists, mostly from 1870s to 1920s. The Classics Dept. Chairman, Dr. Steven Scully, has organized the exhibit. It’s at Hillel during the shoot and will move to the Howard Thurman Center in January for MLK Day.
Here, Dr. Scully stands with the portrait of William Sanders Scarborough.
Photo by Dana J. Quigley for Boston University Photography

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COLORING BOOKS

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The Colorful Adventures of Zoe & Star: An Activity and Coloring Book
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Clever “Element” Crayons Help Kids Learn the Periodic Table as They Color
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Black Dolls From Around The World
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GAMES

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TOYS

Attatoy Mixmates are colorful wooden blocks with characters as diverse and the children that play with them. Made of durable beechwood and child-safe inks, these blocks are built to survive the bumps (and let’s face it – sometimes being thrown like a curveball low and in across the room) that go along with being a favorite toy. As children play, they develop fine motor skills, problem solving skills and work on important social skills, such as communication, cooperation, and collaboration. There is no one “right” answer with these blocks, so kids of all ages are free to build numerous creative combinations. Set includes 6 2″ blocks featuring 12 colorful characters. 4 different themes to choose from.

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Gina Humber’s Diversity Is A Verb Kid’s T-Shirt
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Pretty Brown Girl
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Sweet Baby Gift Set
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African Fashion Stores For Children
22 Different Clothing Stores!
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Hey Black Girls has awesome T-shirts and Sweatshirtsyoungcreative

Budding STEM Clothing
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