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The Harvard Crimson Will Be Led By A Black Woman For The First Time In Its 145-Year History

About time!

The Harvard Crimson is about to get a heavy helping of Black girl magic now that a Black woman serves as president.

Kristine E. Gillaume, an African-American studies, history and literature student, will be president of the Crimson for the 2018–2019 school year. She will join the ranks of former editors including Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

The Boston Globe reports the Crimson is the nation's oldest continuously published daily paper. Since its founding in 1873, the editors have primarily been white and male. The Queens, New York native is the change the paper needs. 

“At Harvard, you’re in a space that was made for white men, so if you’re not the cookie-cutter white man who Harvard was built for, it can be difficult to navigate being here,” she said.

“I want people to think about how to navigate, and feel like they can and get through their education and feel like they do belong here. That’s a big thing for me.”

Its nearly 320 staff people will need great leadership. The junior, set to graduate in 2020, held several leadership roles during her tenure at the Crimson. 

She interviewed two university presidents as a central administration reporter and co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee.

“If my election has validated anyone’s experience or validated anyone’s belonging in Crimson, then my hard work will be worth it and will continue to be worth it,” Guillaume said.

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