Black History Month Spotlight: Alexis Wilkinson

Collegiate magazine The Harvard Lampoon welcomes their first African American female president!

Alexis Wilkinson, a Harvard University economics major, will become a historical figure to an everlasting legacy. Albeit the predominately all white male population comprises the general voice behind the venerable magazine, Wilkinson’s leadership comes timely, coinciding with the restructuring of diversity on SNL and the world of comedy writing. In an interview with NPR, Wilkinson claims that she didn’t set out to make history for the magazine, but along the way realized it was going to happen. Her hope was that by having two women at the lead of the magazine, other women on campus will feel encouraged  to apply, get involved and excited about writing comedy.

Wilkinson represents one of the first of two African American women who will be spearheading the publication; Eleanor Parker, will serve as vice president.

Back in 1976, The Harvard Lampoon served as a pipeline to major comedy shows and launched the careers of talk show host Conan O’Brien, B.J. Novak and Lisa Henson, the daughter of Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Congrats to Alexis!

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