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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

What Should We Teach Them Now?

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices
John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

Unless we teach in a way that remedies both black distrust and blue fear, we have little chance of realizing the America we are otherwise destined to become.

College Affordability is Ideal Cover for GOP Playbook on HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.26.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Legislators in North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida have made headlines over the last two weeks for introducing or signing into law bills designed to help families more easily afford college.

What's In a Name? For North Carolina Legislators, a Chance to Terminate HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.17.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Two years ago, the New York Times editorial board told the nation that the state of North Carolina was burning on every key policy and social issue t...

Winning the Wars to Save HBCUs Starts With Honest Look at Leadership

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 04.28.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Last month, a Louisiana State University endowed professor wrote a heartbreaking Times-Picayune editorial on the physical degradation of Southern Un...

The NCAA, HBCUs and the Lies We Tell to Get Along

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 04.28.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

The NCAA-HBCU relationship is one where both sides need to stop lying to each other. The NCAA shouldn't act like we're more than a second-string mistress in its business and marketing objectives, and HBCUs shouldn't act like we care about NCAA compliance and oversight.

Hampton University's First Drag Queen

Matthew Gates | Posted 04.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Gates

Daring to go against the norm was nerve-wracking, however, having the opportunity to open this new door of queer representation, on my campus, overpowered all of my doubts.

What's Working: Using Data on the Path to College Completion

Allan Golston | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

The road through college can be daunting, especially if you're the first in your family to go to college or hail from a historically underrepresented ...

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Have Love for HBCUs, But No Words for States Trying to Eliminate Them

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 02.26.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

All politics is local, and until we hear substantive talk on policy that lends exclusive support to HBCUs and doesn't simply meld HBCUs into broader higher ed proposals, we all should do the right thing and wait to hear from one who actually gets it.

Maryland Doubles Down on Discrimination in Higher Education

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Against the backdrop of the growing 'Black Lives Matter' movement on campuses and in communities around the country, Maryland is doubling down on its insistence that black people should only learn and thrive within a warped vision of diversity and assimilation.

Alabama Governor's Attack on HBCUs Must Be Stopped

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and his witch hunt tactics on public HBCUs in his state is not something we should sit back and take. It's something that deserves massive public inquiry, lawsuits, boycotts, and whatever else we can throw at the power of his office and the ill-intent of his actions.

It's Time to Ask Uncomfortable Questions About HBCU Campus Violence

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

HBCUs are vulnerable to crime just as any other neighborhood, college campus, office building, or public space. When violence occurs on predominantly white campuses, it's typically covered in the vein of "one crazy person going berserk and shooting up as many people as possible."

Board Chair Controversies Show Volatility of HBCU Political Climate

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Successful HBCU governance is built on the careful composition of what boards want, and what campuses need. Anything outside of that is a presidential firing, or chairman ouster waiting to happen.

Black, Gifted and Whole: Celebrating the Brilliance and Resilience of Black Gay Men

George M. Johnson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Black Voices
George M. Johnson

Black Gifted and Whole is a revolutionary attempt to change the narrative of Black gay men across the world.

Dear Matthew Gates: Thanks For Being Revolutionary

Brian Stewart | Posted 09.25.2015 | College
Brian Stewart

Whether you believe it or not, your decision to own and share your truth has already inspired someone else to do the same. Like yourself, I was raised in a black household, in a black neighborhood, and attended a black church. Like yourself, my experience at my HBCU was bittersweet.

What It's Like To Be Gay At A Historically Black University

Matthew Gates | Posted 09.18.2015 | College
Matthew Gates

Being gay at my HBCU is a bittersweet experience for me. Since birth I was raised with the mentality to be "The Man." I was taught to not pursue anything that "threatened" my masculinity. Coming out wasn't an easy road, but in retrospect I wouldn't change a thing.

Rufus Montgomery is the Enemy Within the Gates at FAMU

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Is Rufus Montgomery someone that Famuans want representing their highest levels of leadership and governance?

Presidential Hopefuls' Higher Ed Plans May Close HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Everyone should want debt-free education, but no one - especially African-Americans and those living in HBCU communities - should want the plans forwarded by this slate of candidates to be the higher education solution.

Struggles of HBCUs Are Bigger Signs of Racism Than Confederate Flag

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 06.24.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Removing the flag doesn't remove the response to its call. And the sooner we realize that symbols pale in comparison to the spirit and substance of racism, the better off we'll be in preserving our own dignity and freedom.

HBCU Alumni to Race Against Health Disparities in Black Communities

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 06.23.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Every year, the DC HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K Run and Community Health and Wellness Fair holds an annual race that serves as a summertime gathering for friends connected by the HBCU experience, and raises scholarship money for students who will attend black colleges in the fall.

Historically Black University Accused Of Reverse Racism In New Lawsuits

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices

Three former employees at North Carolina Central University are accusing the historically black university and its prominent chancellor, Debra Saunder...

How Viable are Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

With increasing frequency, when people in my friendship circle discover that I am a retired HBCU chancellor, they want to know three things. First, since white colleges and universities no longer have racially restrictive admission policies, are HBCUs still necessary?

Flames of Protest Should Spark Fire for HBCU Advocacy, Productivity

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

HBCUs offer opportunity where none typically exists for students and families seeking higher education. If black institutions don't matter, it won't be long before the black lives they were designed to serve also fall into the abyss of perceived irrelevance.

Black Fortune 500 Executives, HBCU Leaders Meet to Discuss Partnerships

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

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.

Advocating for HBCUs

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Advocacy alone has limited value. Institutions must be led by competent executives and they must produce graduates with a credential that has value in the market place. HBCUs do not deserve support just because of their existence; they deserve the support of their alumni because of what they have done, are doing and are capable of doing.

Why HBCUs Have to Harvest Philanthropy From Pettiness

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Too many of us have not been good to our HBCUs, but time and dwindling resources are moving faster than our own individual maturity. And for the HBCUs which need the support, the time for harvest is now; even from unyielding crops like me.