Harvard Business School Scholars Evaluate Issues of Race and Racism in the Business World in New Speaker Series | News
Two scholars analyzed the history of racism in America, the business world, and their own lives to better understand how to overcome problems of race in business in a Harvard Business School webinar Tuesday.
The event was the first of the Business School’s “Managing Diversity” speaker series and featured a conversation between Dean Nitin Nohria and Business Administration professor emeritus James I. Cash, the first Black tenured professor at the Business School.
Cash began by describing his experience growing up in the heavily segregated Jim Crow South, emphasizing the hostility Black people faced in that environment.
“My first conscious thoughts about race were based on hearing preachers use quotes from the Bible to convey why segregation was God’s will,” Cash said.
When he went to Texas Christian University with a basketball scholarship, Cash said, the challenges continued.
“When I was at TCU and went to my first game at the