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What Claudine Gay’s resignation teaches us about Black leadership

Author: Preston Mitchum

On January 2, 2024, Harvard University witnessed a significant yet, in many ways, expected event involving a Black leader — the resignation of its president, Dr. Claudine Gay. While initial reports suggested that the departure was linked to the repeated criticism of the university’s response to the Hamas attack, and backlash from her congressional testimony spiraled into allegations of plagiarism accusations, a deeper examination reveals a more complex narrative. Josh Reynolds for for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesShutterstockErin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Let us also honor the trailblazers like Dr. Claudine Gay, whose leadership, though challenged, continues to inspire the pursuit of a more just and equitable society. It is a poignant reminder of the work that remains and the collective effort required to dismantle systemic barriers, ensuring that the contributions of Black leaders are recognized, valued, and protected.

Preston Mitchum is the Chief Executive Officer of PDM Consulting LLC and a vibrant cast member on Bravo TV’s Summer House Martha’s Vineyard. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and an openly gay Black man, he actively incorporates his identity and experiences into his professional and public life, advocating for inclusivity and representation across all platforms he engages with.

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Author: Preston Mitchum

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