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Jarrett L. Carter Sr. is the Founding Editor of, an online daily news blog dedicated to coverage of historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States. He is also the host of HBCU Digest Radio, a weekly talk radio program covering societal, cultural and institutional issues at HBCUs, and the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, a national non-profit organization working to enhance HBCUs' new media and media outreach opportunities.

A native of Seat Pleasant, MD., Carter graduated from Morgan State University in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in English with a journalism concentration.

Carter lives in Baltimore with his wife, Dr. La Keita D. Carter and two sons, Jarrett Jr. and Landen.

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Black Fortune 500 Executives, HBCU Leaders Meet to Discuss Partnerships

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 12:34 AM

The Executive Leadership Council recently held its annual winter general membership meetings, with a focus on sustainability and growth for historically black colleges and universities.

The meeting brought together HBCU chancellors and presidents, and African American Fortune 500 executives to match its mission with corporate diversity and outreach initiatives....

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Why HBCUs Have to Harvest Philanthropy From Pettiness

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 11:18 AM

Last year, I gave more than $10,000 to my church, $1,500 to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and $150 dollars to my alma mater, Morgan State University. In the time it will take me to finish this column, I could have driven to Morgan, walked into the development office, pledged...

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Flair for the Dramatic Is Necessity for HBCU Development

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 2:43 PM

In the span of five years, Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas has cut its football team, transformed its football field into an organic farm, thrown out a significant percentage of its student population, stopped serving pork, became a work college, and is soon to offer all of...

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South Carolina State University Stakeholders Must Get on the Right Side of History, Together

(4) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 8:03 AM

Alumni and students of South Carolina State University have made good on their promise of bringing hell to the state for threatening closure against their institution. Last Friday, the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in South Carolina Higher Education filed a lawsuit against the state, alleging harm done...

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Vote of Closure for SC State: A Warning Shot for the Ages

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 4:28 PM

South Carolina State University will find it nearly impossible to recover from Tuesday's vote by the South Carolina House Ways and Means Subcommittee to close the university for one year while all leadership and students are swept out of its doors.

In the span of about two hours,...

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State of the Union Student Invitees Snub HBCUs

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Several college students had the honor of attendance at last night's Presidential State of the Union address, but none will have the captive audience of an historically black college campus cheering on their big moments. 

A community college student, a Stanford University medical student, a first-generation college student...

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HBCU Mergers: A Fight the Nation Can't Afford to Lose

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:04 PM

Regents of the University System of Georgia recently approved a plan to merge Georgia State University with Georgia Perimeter College, a move that will create a campus of more than 30,000 students on campuses throughout downtown and suburban Atlanta, and will enhance the resources and mission of what will soon...

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The Historically Black Life of Marion Barry

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 12:51 PM

The life of Marion Barry Jr. so eerily parallels the HBCU narrative, so closely resembles the tragedy and triumph of our institutions and culture, that his death almost feels like the precursor to our own culture wake. Forget that Barry, a descendant of Mississippi sharecroppers, catapulted himself to becoming one...

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'Dear White People' Movement Must Spur HBCU 'Welcome Back' Movement

(8) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:56 PM

It's hard not to notice the growing discontent of our young black scholars at predominantly white institutions (PWIs): We aren't comfortable at Harvard. We aren't comfortable at Michigan. We aren't comfortable at UCLA. We aren't comfortable at Alabama.

And these are just...

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On HBCUs, White House Moves From Disregard to Dismantling

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Not so long ago, historically black colleges and universities were just a thorn in the side of the Obama administration. We will soon long for those days, because signs of the administrative shift from disregard to attempts at dismantling HBCUs, are growing in frequency and impact seemingly every year.

The Department of Education last...

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Maryland HBCU Lawsuit Leaves No Room for Mistakes in Selection of Next Chancellor

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:00 PM

The history of racism and discrimination in this country makes it hard for African-Americans to criticize those of us who ascend to heights of increased responsibility, authority and influence. Even when one of us is promoted in the wrong way, or for the wrong reason, it seems that we readily steep ourselves in cultural...

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Yesterday's HBCU Pride Is Today's HBCU Irrelevance

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Watching Southern University's Aeneas William, Tennessee State University's Claude Humphrey, and Texas Southern University's Michael Strahan go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame should have been a bittersweet moment for every enthusiast or advocate of historically Black colleges and universities. On one hand, it was a celebration of our greatest athletes...

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The Interesting Life of Southern's Siegfried Coleman

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:23 PM

unnamedSiegfried Coleman is a proud 2014 graduate of the Southern University Law Center. Like many HBCU students, he survived late nights and tough assignments while balancing a full-time job and life as a husband and father.

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Koch Brothers' UNCF Gift Is Worst Symptom of HBCU Financial Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 2:11 PM

David and Charles Koch have given hundreds of millions of dollars to restoring and maintaining the fine arts, finding a cure for cancer and conservative politics. A $25 million gift for them could easily be considered a light ask on a slow day.

Unless the United Negro College Fund...

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Forest Whitaker Hazing Film Could Bring HBCU Stereotype Threat to Theater Near You

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 6:21 PM

Forest Whitaker is planning to produce a feature-length film on hazing at a historically Black college. There's no set timetable, no lineup of actors, and no definitive notes on how the script will depict the brutalizing nature of hazing. Right now, it is just an idea.

Some will...

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For Black America, the Only Jobs That Await Are Jobs HBCUs Help to Create

(3) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:46 PM

A recent study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research gives a sobering professional outlook for African-American college graduates. In 2013, more than 12 percent of Black college graduates between the ages of 22 and 27 were unemployed -- a figure that more than doubles the national...

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Eric Holder Cues HBCU Advocates to Focus on "Subtle" Racism

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:29 PM

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision during a speech at Morgan State University's spring commencement exercises. Like most speeches made by members of the Obama Administration on historically Black college campuses, Holder's message was intended...

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On HBCUs, Republican Party Can't Serve Two Masters

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus toured Central State University last week, supporting the launch of a Young Republicans chapter on the historically Black campus in the critical swing state of Ohio. His appearance led a second-straight week of conservative-planted headlines involving HBCUs, with last week's story highlighting...

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Departure of Maryland Higher Ed Secretary Blows State's Cover

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Given all that has transpired over the last two years in the historic fight for parity and equality for Maryland's historically Black colleges, it may come as a surprise to many that much of the state's most damaging efforts against black colleges came under the signature of African-American higher education...

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No Greater Waste of Money Than an HBCU

(18) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 3:33 PM recently released its annual rankings on American colleges and universities, lining schools of all sizes, missions and affluence up in one large pen to be trotted out in lines divided by major, parties, research and graduate earning potential. Historically Black colleges and universities, as they tend to...

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