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Is Malia in a Dorm Named After a Slave Owner?

Is Malia in a Dorm Named After a Slave Owner?
President Barack Obama points as he is joined by first lady Michelle Obama and his daughter Malia Obama after giving his presidential farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 01:33 PM Current | Bio | Archive

On August 22, former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle helped their daughter, Malia, move into a dorm at Harvard University. One of the twelve undergraduate dorms is Mather House, named after Increase Mather. He was president of Harvard between 1692 and 1701.

Mather was a slaveowner while he was president of Harvard. In fact, he used his slave to help run the business of Harvard, running errands for the trustees. Mather wrote in his diary that he sent his "Negro" to do various jobs for the institution.

Is Malia living in Mather House?

Whether Malia is living in Mather House or not, it is not fair to pressure her — she is not an activist—to lobby Harvard administrators to change the name of the slaveowner's dorm. But it would be instructive to learn if Barack Obama wants to take up this campaign.

Dr. William Donohue is the president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. The publisher of the Catholic League journal, Catalyst, Donohue is a former Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and served for two decades on the board of directors of the National Association of Scholars. He is the author of seven books, and the winner of several teaching awards and many awards from the Catholic community. Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Whether Malia Obama is living in Mather House or not, it is not fair to pressure her, to lobby Harvard administrators to change the name of the slaveowner's dorm. It would be instructive to learn if Barack Obama wants to take up this campaign
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