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Harvard seeks to confront historical ties to slavery

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/3/2017
FILE - This Sept. 9, 2016 photo shows Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Harvard University is taking new steps to confront its past ties to slavery. The Ivy League school is hosting a conference Friday, March 3, 2017, exploring the historical ties between slavery and early universities, including Harvard. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Sept. 9, 2016 photo shows Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Harvard University is taking new steps to confront its past ties to slavery. The Ivy League school is hosting a conference Friday, March 3, 2017, exploring the historical ties between slavery and early universities, including Harvard. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University is taking new steps to confront its past ties to slavery.

FILE - In this April 6, 2016 file photo, a plaque that honors four slaves that were owned by, and worked for Harvard's past presidents, is attached to Wadsworth House on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard is hosting a conference Friday, March 3, 2017, exploring the historical ties between slavery and early universities, including Harvard. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 6, 2016 file photo, a plaque that honors four slaves that were owned by, and worked for Harvard's past presidents, is attached to Wadsworth House on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard is hosting a conference Friday, March 3, 2017, exploring the historical ties between slavery and early universities, including Harvard. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The Ivy League school is hosting a conference Friday exploring the historical ties between slavery and early universities, including Harvard.

FILE - This Nov. 13, 2008 file photo shows the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University is taking new steps to confront its past ties to slavery. The Ivy League school is hosting a conference Friday, March 3, 2017, exploring the historical ties between slavery and early universities, including Harvard. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Nov. 13, 2008 file photo shows the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University is taking new steps to confront its past ties to slavery. The Ivy League school is hosting a conference Friday, March 3, 2017, exploring the historical ties between slavery and early universities, including Harvard. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

Scholars will present research on the topic and discuss how other colleges have confronted their connections to slavery. Writer Ta-Nehisi (tah neh-HAH'-see) Coates is scheduled to speak.

Harvard unveiled a plaque last year honoring four slaves who lived and worked on campus in the 1700s. Harvard Law also has dropped an emblem that was tied to a slave-owning family.

University President Drew Faust, a historian, has called for more exploration of the school's slavery ties.

Other universities have similarly sought to acknowledge their roles in slavery, including Georgetown and Columbia.

Harvard's conference will be streamed online .

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