Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138
1st-2nd Fl. Stairs, Phillips Brooks House
A former dean of the College, John Monro spearheaded Harvard’s efforts to open its doors to lower-income and minority students in the 1960s. Working through Harvard, though, was not enough for Mr. Monro. He wanted to affect educational opportunities in a more immediate way and on behalf of students who may never have conceived of the opportunity to attend Harvard. In 1967, John Monro left Harvard to serve as a teacher and administrator at the historically black Miles College. After 30 years at Miles, he worked at Tougaloo College, another historically black college. At the age of 80, Mr. Monro was voted the best teacher of Tougaloo College by students.