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Throwback Thursday: the kids were all right

Fifty years ago, author and outgoing Pierson College master John Hersey ’36 published a book called Letter to the Alumni, a post–May Day apologia for student activism at Yale. “It would be impossible for many of you alumni, whose lives are insulated by covenants of psychology and real estate, to realize how deeply, how overwhelmingly deeply, the issue of the future of black people in our country . . . must penetrate into every corner of America’s consciousness before it is resolved,” Hersey wrote. Our October 1970 issue featured excerpts from the book, illustrated with portraits of current students. Oddly, none of them were identified in the magazine. Does anyone recognize a friend or classmate?

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