14 Black Male Cambridge Students Recreated a Viral Yale Photo to Illustrate the Diversity Problem at Elite Schools

In 2015, only 15 black, male undergraduates were accepted into Cambridge, a shocking figure that a group of students are trying to change. 

“Young black men don’t grow up thinking they’ll make it here,” said Dami Adebayo of Robinson College in a post on the Facebook page of Cambridge University African Caribbean Society (Cambridge ACS) on Monday. “They should.”

The post featured a photo of 14 black Cambridge students, posing on the University’s campus.

The Cambridge post, which features the hashtags #BlackBoyJoy and #BlackMenofCambridgeUniversity, has been liked more than 2,800 times and shared by almost 500 people so far.

The Facebook post reads: “It is important that despite their underrepresentation, we let young black people know that this is something that they can aspire to.”

“Inspired by the viral image of young black men from Yale, the Cambridge ACS decided to capture just some of the black men who contribute to one of the world’s most innovative intellectual spaces.”

Cambridge is one of 27 universities that are currently members of the Race Equality Charter (REC), a scheme the aims to address the representation of staff and students from ethnic minority backgrounds, according to the BBC.

A University spokesman told Business Insider that it welcomed the Facebook campaign to “raise aspirations and encourage applications to Cambridge.”

In 2015, 140 black students across the UK secured A*A*A, the grades which Cambridge entrants achieve on average. Over a quarter of that national pool was admitted to Cambridge, of which 15 were black males.

Between 2011 and 2015, BME (black, minority and ethnicity) acceptances have increased by 38.2%.

A fifth of acceptances to Cambridge in the 2015 admissions cycle came from BME backgrounds, the highest it has ever been.

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Source: Business Insider UK | Rosie Fitzmaurice