Who Says Student Activism is Dead?

April 6, 2005
Rebecca Hamilton

The Boston Globe
The cynics of our time should heed two striking events that occurred this week in relation to the ongoing atrocities in Darfur. First, for the only time since the tobacco cases and the apartheid era, Harvard University has acted on purely moral grounds, divesting itself of shares in a company that supports the government of Sudan. Second, a mechanism has been launched enabling private citizens to take action to stop genocide if their governments don't. The driving force behind such unprecedented occurrences? A bunch of 20-year-old students who believe we must make real our promise of ''never again" to protect civilians in Darfur.

Rebecca Hamilton is a joint degree student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School. She worked in Sudan last year and is a cofounder of the Darfur Action Group.

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