His Black History
From the Nominator
The inspiring, tragic, wistful story of Harold Wad, Jr., the namesake of an enduring fellowship program at Amherst. This story is part profile, part topical exploration. It delves into the personal history of a promising alumnus whose life was cut short, while also exploring the experiences of African-American students at Amherst during the 1960s and profiling two recipients of an enduring fellowship named in Harold Wade's honor.
From the Judges
This simultaneously tells two stories: the journey of Harold Wade and race relations at Amherst over the years. This could have been the standard dry, historical story that every college/university runs. However, the writer took time to tell it through the eyes of someone who clearly could have changed the course of our country. The writer introduces us to a man who really was a true leader during a very tumultuous time, and allows us to dream about how he could have shaped our country’s path in a positive and thoughtful way.