His daughter Marcia Baird Burris said the cause was myelodysplastic syndromes, a group of bone-marrow disorders.

Mr. Baird was a teacher and administrator in New York City’s public school system when he began writing and speaking about the fraught connotations of the term Negro as the dominant way to describe people of African descent.

He told a conference of teachers in Washington in 1966 that Negro “is used solely to describe the slaved and the enslavable,” and that the time had come to shift to Afro-American as a connotation of ethnic identity, like, for example, Irish-American.

Keith Baird, African American History, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Lilli Carré

Keith Baird, African American History, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Lilli Carré


Clark Atlanta University is a private, historically black university in Atlanta, in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was formed in 1988 with the consolidation of Clark College (founded in 1869) and Atlanta University (founded in 1865). Clark Atlanta University is a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and is the largest institution in the Atlanta University Center Consortium. (Wikipedia).


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