Black colleges need Black churches. Through support of Black colleges, Black churches can make change at a much larger level. They can assist with the education of African Americans committed to social justice and positive change throughout the world.
Strong, innovative leadership is absolutely essential at HBCUs. Reconsidering where leaders come from and cultivating new leadership is necessary and vital to the future of these historic institutions.
Was Champion's death a hazing act that went wrong, or is there something more? What is not being readily discussed in this hazing death is why, in his case, the beating he received was severe enough to kill him.
If King were alive today, he would question whether HBCUs are equipped to serve LGBT students who are victims of anti-gay harassment or domestic violence. He would rally young people and administrators to take action before we lose another black life.
Historically black colleges and universities will hold a peculiar designation for thousands of African-American high school seniors preparing for graduation in spring 2012. Many of these students will be deprived of the true value of the HBCU experience.
Howard University must admit to its constituents that its customer service has not lived up to the brand so painstakingly established through years of loyal service of select faculty and staff, and broadened by the excellence of students and alumni.
The bond between black churches and historically black colleges and universities has broadly painted the rich history of the Black American experience. Now many HBCUs are losing the support of their affliated churches.
In an effort to create greater understanding of HBCUs and the White House Initiative, I recently interviewed John S. Wilson about the state of HBCUs and how the Initiative contributes to these institutions' successes.
Believe me, I'm concerned about national graduation rates, as well. At 55.5 percent (six-year) nationally, we could be doing a lot better. However, HBCUs get unfair treatment when it comes to discussions of graduation rates, and here is why.
Put aside the fact that the black experts and leaders are disproportionately HBCU graduates; there is still the hypocrisy of expecting black students to make the choice for diversity when the same expectation is not present for white students.
I knew I would attend an HBCU because there was a cultural puzzle piece missing in my life, an untold story about my history that was not in the repetitive lessons my white teachers thought were expanding horizons or bringing awareness.
I made the right decision. Hampton University is exactly where I am meant to be. My education reaches far beyond the focus of academics. My professors genuinely care about my future success and what's going on in my life.
Had I not known better, I would have sworn I was being initiated into a secret society, minus the blood oaths I had read about and seen in movies one too many times. Instead, I was now a part of the Spelman sisterhood.
My current and future successes would be nowhere near what they are and will be if it was not for Morehouse College. I can say with 100 percent certainty that choosing to attend Morehouse was the best decision I could have ever made for my future.