A true example of Black Boy Joy!
Noah Harris has made history at Harvard University by becoming the first black student body president in the school’s 384-year history.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) November 25, 2020
The Hattiesburg, Mississippi native recalls the moment he received his acceptance letter from the prestigious school while in the middle of his high school basketball game.
“I knew I wouldn’t be able to know if would be accepted until after the game was over, which was agonizing. I played all right, but my mind was somewhere else- on the admissions- as you can imagine. We ended up winning.”
During his freshman year at Harvard, Harris ran for student government, having been the student body president of his high school.
“The first-year elections are super competitive and normally deter people from running because there are four first-year ‘yards’ and each yard gets three spots.”
— Jackson Free Press (@JxnFreePress) November 23, 2020
By his junior year, Harris decided to run for student body president as a way to “move Harvard forward in a significant way,” but running came with its set of challenges.
Harris, along with running mate, Jenny Gan used their platform to take on several issues that were affecting other students.
Harvard Gets Its First Ever Black Student Union President
— flashinfong (@flashinfong) November 27, 2020