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.
I taught for a decade at its law school in northwest Washington, D.C., as the first Asian-American law professor there. More than any academic study could have done, my time at Howard illuminated for me the prejudices I held despite myself, and the privileges I'd enjoyed while barely noticing them. I learned more than I taught.