Dr. Harry Edwards - Sociology Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

Dr Harry Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley made an appearance at Palo Alto High School on February 21, 2012 and made remarks about an array of issues involving racism.  He also made comments about Palo Alto High School graduate Jeremy Lin, whom he says has revealed a double standard of criticism. As for amazingly penetrating remarks on the Black Church and its resistance to accept Gay Rights, Dr. Edwards pointed out that no women were allowed to speak at the March on Washington in 1963.  Mahalia Jackson was allowed to sing a hymn, but no women and no gay speakers were allowed to speak, including two people who were principal players in the organizing of the March, James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin.

Dr. Harry Edwards visits David Rapaport's US History Class

Below are several links to student responses to Dr. Edwards' visit.

Click Here for YOUTUBE video of Dr. Edwards' full presentation




Short YOUTUBE video of Dr. Edwards addressing a question on Jeremy Lin




Click Here for an article written by a student journalist about Dr. Edwards' visit focusing on the racially charged issues facing America

Click Here for an article written about Dr. Edwards' visit that focuses on comments made about Jeremy Lin


Questions That Dr. Edwards' Discussion Provoked

  • Why did no women or gays speak at the March on Washington?
  • Why does racism persist in American society?
  • Is athlete Jeremy Lin being treated fairly given ugly comments being made about his ethnicity? 
  • Why is the quality of political discourse in America declining?
  • What kind of treatment has President Obama received compared to other presidents?