Marc I. Fiedler ’78 (first row, far right) with his classmates at Quincy House. He paved the way for many disabled students after him. Fiedler and the group he founded, ABLE, worked with University administration to get the basic needs of disabled students met in the late '70s, during a national surge in disability advoacy.
Brooke M. Ellison ’00 was the first quadriplegic person to attend Harvard. During her commencement speech, she reflected on her time at the College, saying: “There were times when I thought for sure that the statue of John Harvard was looking right at us and saying, ‘What in Heaven’s name are you doing here?’”
A poster advertises a conversation about Massachusetts prisons at the Phillips Brooks House in the fall of 1973, five months after the end of the Walpole guard strike. Arnie Coles, the then-president of the National Prisoners Reform Association, was one of the guest speakers. (HUD 3688.272. Harvard University Archives.)