In this interview, captured during Brown University’s 2018 All-Class Black Alumni Reunion, Nicole “Nikki Strong” Harrison, class of 1992, details her activism within theatre and dance programs on campus.
Harrison begins by sharing her childhood in Spanish Harlem and her education at the Chapin School in New York City. She discusses how she learned about Brown, mentions her request to visit two students on campus before choosing to attend, and explains how that affected her decision-making process. For the majority of her interview, Harrison dives into speciﬁc memories from her career at Brown, centering on her activism within her department. She details her roles in various protests to push the Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies and their productions to be more racially inclusive. Harrison specifically describes her experience contesting a professor within that department.
Due to the details shared in this interview, the transcript and audio are restricted until January 1, 2039, after which date the materials will become available. For questions about this interview, please contact the Pembroke Center Archivist at [email protected]