At left: Lucien Alexis (second from top right) with the varsity lacrosse team in 1941. Coach Dick Snibbe is at top left. At right: Drue King (second from top right) with the Glee Club. Director G. Wallace Woodworth is third from top left.

Southern Discomfort

With quiet grace, two black men change the heart of Harvard in 1941.

By Ted Gup
December 12, 2004

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Every great institution has its moments of shame and its moments of honor. For Harvard, in the spring of 1941, those moments were nearly one and the same. Drue King was a sophomore, a gangly good-humored lad and Harvard's finest tenor. "Lucky" Lucien Alexis was a junior, quiet, kind-hearted, and more determined than skilled on the lacrosse field. One thing ... (Full article: 4950 words)

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