Harvard University is striking the word “Puritans” from its alma mater as part of the school’s new push to create a more “inclusive environment.”
The Harvard Crimson reports the school’s Presidential Task Force for Inclusion and Belonging, which was created by Harvard President Drew G. Faust, announced the university will be holding a contest to change the last line of the alma mater, “Fair Harvard.”
“Fair Harvard,” which has been sang at commencement since 1838, contains a reportedly controversial reference to the “stock of the Puritans”:
Fair Harvard! we join in thy Jubilee throng,
And with blessings surrender thee o’er
By these Festival-rites, from the Age that is past,
To the Age that is waiting before.
O Relic and Type of our ancestors’ worth,
That hast long kept their memory warm,
First flow’r of their wilderness! Star of their night!