David Max Steinberg
Maternal Grandson of Dean Kenneth Murdock (Harvard Secret Court Member)
“As the maternal grandson of Dean Kenneth Murdock, I wish to express my support to the families and individuals fighting to get restitution for the actions of Harvard’s ‘Secret Court of 1920.’
I am a 54 year old bisexual male and this information about my grandfather’s involvement in Harvard’s shameful tribunal only recently came to light in our family. Needless to say it has been extremely upsetting information.
It is my sincere hope the ‘Secret Court’ will be formally abolished by Harvard through formal reparations to get these seven students justice.
I add my name to the list of ‘Their Day in the Yard’ supporters.”
Granddaugher of Dean Kenneth Murdock (Harvard Secret Court Member)
As an “out” lesbian educator and college counselor at City College of San Francisco, and as the granddaughter of Kenneth Murdock, one of the Deans appointed to the “Secret Court,” I was appalled and sickened to recently learn about the “Secret Court” and by the gross arrogance, heartlessness and bigotry evidenced in the Secret Court’s proceedings.
I fully support the demand for reparations for these seven students and for their family members. Harvard allowed ignorance and homophobia to take precedence over its duty to provide a superior education to its students. Conferring Harvard degrees to the expelled students is an important symbolic step towards acknowledging Harvard’s shameful past and towards providing the students and their family’s with an opportunity to heal and move forward.
Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D.
Lecturer and Core Faculty, Harvard College
Director, Human Rights and Social Movements Program
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
“Frankly, I can’t imagine a viable argument for not awarding these posthumous degrees,” says Timothy P. McCarthy ’93, who serves on the board of directors of the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus. “It’s too little, too late, of course, but late is better than never.”
Reverend Dr. Kaia Stern
Harvard graduate, and visiting faculty member at Harvard
“This movement challenges the Harvard community to live up to its mission–to “liberate students to explore, to create, to challenge, and to lead… to advance knowledge, to promote understanding, and to serve society.” I wholeheartedly encourage others to spread the word, so that we can finally give these seven students ‘Their Day in the Yard.'”
GLOW @ Harvard
GLOW stands for Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever
Robert Parlin ’85
Member of the City of Cambridge LGBT Commission