In a surprising move, President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order to help historically Black colleges and universities across the country.
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?
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.
Jesse Williams’ speech at the BET Awards may have been too good. Because people have been popping up out of the woodwork with their own takes on America’s racial climate as if it were easy. But a lot of them are getting tripped up on a lack of information and confusion. The latest to do just that was Wendy Williams.
The college that a student chooses to go to is only half of the battle when it comes to getting a job upon graduation. Another important part is picking the right program at the right school. To help with these sometimes overwhelming decisions, LinkedIn has provided a list of the best undergraduate universities for various career fields.
And as far as job placement for media professionals is concerned, Howard University is considered to be the fourth best in the entire country. Howard is the only HBCU to make the list of 25.
How many other schools can say that the cast of A Different World came to their school?
What is even better is that when the cast came to Norfolk State University this past Saturday, the audience greeted them by singing the Different World theme song.
Morris Brown College, which was once a groundbreaking college in Atlanta and one of the few HBCUs with a black founder, has seen some major struggle in the past few years. However, they seem to be on the incline with three-year $900 million grant to stem HIV infections among young black adults.
Rep. Alma S. Adams of the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina proposed a new piece of legislation that would help support historically black colleges and universities for the foreseeable future. Adams spoke to congress and introduced plans for a $250 Million HBCU Innovation Fund Act that will work to supply underfunded schools with financial support through grants, according to the Root.
Reportedly, the money the fund would collect and be responsible for distributing would spark the introduction of programs that would lead to higher recruitment, enrollment and graduation rates as well as bolster the schools’ STEM programs.
If Wiley College sounds familiar to you, it may be because you have an encyclopedic knowledge of black history of you’ve watched The Great Debaters, which tells the story of the Texas HBCU’s debate team in the 1930s. Because things are always best when they come full circle, a leading actor from the 2007 film is giving back to the institution.
Nate Parker, who starred in The Great Debaters and directed the upcoming The Birth of a Nation, is helping Wiley College launch a new film and drama program, according to the Root. The Nate Parker School of Film and Drama will admit its first group of students this fall.
The Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va. has been helping make education more accessible to black students for decades. It’s most recent method of doing so has been the Annual HBCU College Festival.
The 14th Annual HBCU College Festival was held this past February at T.C. Williams High School and brought in more than 3,000 students from all over the country. By placing students in the same room as representatives of some of the country’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities, more than 1,000 students were admitted into at least one institution and received more $2.1 million in scholarships, according to the Root.