Kia Turner

Kia Turner

Class of 2016, American Studies
Lead English Teacher, Harlem Academy, and Ed. M '17, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Kia Turner

Thesis Title: Revolt! Rally! Revise! Reclaiming the Power of the Black Narrative in Activist Achievements Against Harvard

What Now: Lead English Teacher, Harlem Academy, Harlem, NY, and Ed. M '17, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Hist & lit was one of the best decisions I made at Harvard. I found that I fell in love with both the content and skills that are essential to the concentration. While I was unsure of what I wanted to do during my time in college, I always knew that I was passionate about what I was doing in my tutorials and seminars. I can confidently say that I walked out of every class I took in Hist & Lit having grown—both as a human being and an academic. Two of my favorite classes—Stories of Slavery and Freedom and my sophomore tutorial—made me realize that I loved working with other people to uncover atypical meaning from texts. My background in the concentration enables me to bring the radical readings of history and literature that I learned to my absolutely phenomenal students in Harlem. I hope that one day, in the near future, my students hope to pursue an education like the one I received in Hist & Lit.