Welcome to Black at Haverford: Conversations Not Had, my name is Jackson Overton-Clark. The GOAL of this website and documentary is to explain why these often uncomfortable conversations about race are necessary. I’ve noticed the patterns, the avoidance of, lack of change surrounding these issues. And while some things appear better, it’s dangerous to believe it’s all fixed. In fact, in some areas, we are going backwards. This leads to the question: Have things actually gotten better with time, or are they just more covert?
People are ignorant, believe they know what’s going on around them, but that’s not always the case. Many fail to realize that their reality is only one part of the entire story. Others in their same community experience the world differently. With the issues we’ve had over the past few years, it seems like the greater community doesn’t know or sometimes care about how it affects communities of color. This documentary and the interviews MAY make you uncomfortable, but for this work to happen, it’s important for all of us to lean into discomfort. Hopefully, this will shed some light on how it feels to be Black at Haverford and help you look at the issues in a new way.
Hear from students, past and present, about how it is to be Black at Haverford. Learn about Haverford's first black graduate, George "Porgie" Smith '67, from his classmates, and how they viewed his experience. Listen to how the black experience has shifted throughout the following decades.
Learn about why The Haverford School needs improvement.