That Meeting Between Trump’s White House and HBCU Presidents Was Doomed Before It Began

By: Jared A. Loggins

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are in peril; crippled by, among many things, a system of unequal funding distribution at the state and federal level. HBCU administrators went to the White House last week keenly aware of this. They also know—or at least, they should know—that to enter a meeting expecting something noble and respectful, like a deep commitment to helping vulnerable Black institutions, is a pipe dream given this White House’s open hostility toward racial difference. The meeting was doomed before it began.

Why Increased Enrollment At Historically Black Colleges and Universities Is Not Enough

By: Imani J. Jackson

Black people in America cope with everything from daily race-based micro-aggressions to police officers killing us with impunity. These realities lead some young people to seek schools that do not hyper-police blackness or seek to eliminate black people altogether — environments that normalize the African Diaspora. So, it isn’t surprising that several HBCUs are reporting freshmen enrollment surges. Even students who started their educational journeys in other environments, like predominantly white institutions (PWIs), are transferring to HBCUs too. But, the question remains: will attending HBCUs to escape persecution at PWIs do enough to protect students from other forms of exclusion and oppression?

34 HBCU Presidents Call For National Gun Violence Symposium

Presidents and representatives from 34 HBCUs met earlier this month to create a plan to held end gun violence. In a press release, the collective called upon their foundational belief that black lives matter and that the senseless killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and multiple police officers across the country contradict that message. 

Paul Quinn College Announces African-American Leadership Institute

Paul Quinn College has been playing a role in the advancement of black people since it was founded in 1872 to educate freed slaves. Today, it’s looking for new ways to innovate education and further prove the necessity of HBCU’s moving forward.

The college has recently announced a plan to introduce the African-American Leadership Institute (AALI) with the help of local politicians in the Dallas, TX area including State Senator Royce West. 

Howard University To Auction Last Black-Owned Broadcast Station

Black-owned broadcast stations have been endangered and on the brink of extinction for so long that many of us may have let it slip our minds. For 35 years, Howard University’s WHUT station has been the last remaining. But the Federal Communications Commission has announced plans to auction off the property for hundreds of millions of dollars.

Obama Tells Howard University Graduates To Be Confident In Their Blackness

President Barack Obama is on the last leg of his presidency much to the collective cheers and tears from people on either side of U.S. politics. So, for the last time, he’s giving a handful of commencement addresses to graduating college students as the sitting president.

One of his last stops was Howard University, where he spoke to students about their future as both individuals and Americans.