Black History

Stories of Stanford's black students, alumni and faculty.

November/December 2004

Regarding Ernest Johnson

Forgotten for almost a century, Stanford’s first African-American student has had his legacy restored. And the alumnus who honored him has gained back a piece of his past.


Jocelyn Wiener

September/October 2015

A Hard Look at How We See Race

Social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt’s research reveals pervasive and persistent unconscious racial bias. Now law enforcement officials are working with Eberhardt to institute training that takes it into account.


Sam Scott

September 2017

What It Was Like to Be an African-American Freshman in 1962

A tiny but historic cohort of African-American students entered Stanford on the vanguard of the civil rights movement. This is how it felt.

September 2019

My Dinner with a Klansman

Cassandra Knight, ’91, JD ’94, and her mother find themselves face-to-face with a former grand dragon of the KKK.


Deni Ellis Béchard

July 2018

The Power of Place

Inside the museum that shimmers with light on the National Mall—“a rich picture of African American life.”

July 2018

Stories Spill Out of Her

Amina Gautier, ’99, MA ’99, is ‘writing her heart out.’


Sam Scott

May 2018

Supporting Young Black Venture Capitalists

New group founded by Frederick Groce, ’14, MA ’15, seeks to ‘pay it forward.’


Diana Aguilera

July/August 2017

The Story Behind ‘Homegoing’

Yaa Gyasi, ’11, was a Stanford sophomore when she visited her native Ghana on a research mission. Seven years later, the debut novel her trip inspired became an international sensation.


Sam Scott

May/June 2017

Meet Esther Melton

Class of ’17 athlete and advocate puts her heart into action.