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Richard T. Greener, the first black graduate of Harvard University (1870), is named professor of mental and moral philosophy at USC. He was the institution's first black faculty member and later served as the University's librarian. He earned a degree from the University's law school in 1876. After being forced to leave the University because of his race in 1878, he taught at Howard University's law school and later entered the U.S. diplomatic corps, serving as the first U.S. consul to Vladivostok, Russia from 1898 to 1905.

For more information on Richard Greener, visit The White Problem.

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