Posted on January 3, 2024

Al Sharpton: Harvard President’s Resignation Is an ‘Attack’ on ‘Every Black Woman’ in US

Jackson Walker, TND, January 2, 2024

Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton shared his outrage over Harvard University President Claudine Gay’s decision to resign Tuesday, saying he would seek to hold those responsible accountable.

Gay became ensnared in controversy over the past month, stemming back to a congressional testimony during which she failed to unequivocally say calls for Jewish “genocide” violated Harvard conduct policies. She was later accused of plagiarizing portions of her academic works, including her doctoral dissertation.

Sharpton condemned Gay’s critics as racist for questioning the integrity of a Black woman.

“President Gay’s resignation is about more than a person or a single incident. This is an attack on every Black woman in this country who’s put a crack in the glass ceiling,” he said in a statement to CNN Tuesday.

He later vowed to picket outside Pershing Square CEO and Harvard alum Bill Ackman’s office with his civil rights organization for accusing Gay of being no more than a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) hire.