A video emerged Wednesday of Barack Obama speaking at a Harvard protest, in alliance with Professor Derick Bell's push for diversity in 1990. A charismatic Obama draws laughter at a serious moment in his introduction of the activist. It was Obama's last spring there and as president of the Harvard Law Review. BuzzFeed licensed the video that appears below. The full transcript of the brief clip follows.
I remember that the black law students had organized an orientation for the first-year students. And one of the persons who spoke at that orientation was professor Bell. And I remember him sauntering up to the front and not giving us a lecture but engaging us in a conversation and speaking the truth and telling us the [inaudible] to learn at this place that I've carried with me ever since. Now how did this one man do all this? How has he accomplished all this? He hasn't done it simply by his good looks and easy charm. Although he has both in ample measure. He hasn't done it simply because of the excellence of his scholarship, although his scholarship has happened up new vistas and new horizons and changed the standards of what legal writing is about. Open up your hearts and minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell.