The need for an expansion of private funding for higher education has increased in importance in an environment dominated by budget cuts to education at the federal, state, and local levels nationwide.
It's time for black advocacy organizations with built-to-last influence in advancing the Black American agenda to include HBCUs at the top of their priorities, and to increase the call for an immediate end to unbalanced reporting on these institutions.
Thus far, the leadership conference has reaffirmed my call to service. My hope is that this experience will allow me to become a beacon of hope and an agent of change to combat the educational inequalities in Washington, DC and the world.
I emancipated out of the foster care system shortly after I graduated high school, a feat only 46% of foster youth experience. I am a part of 10% of foster youth that continued to college and I will soon graduate to the 1% that will actually obtain a baccalaureate degree.
Legacy begins with vision and is sustained with commitment and persistence. I was honored to participate in sustaining Ossie Davis's legacy. Ossie's walk continues in the footsteps of the scholars that bear his name.
With the exception of one poorly-chosen word, it seems to me to fit the classic definition of a "Washington gaffe" -- accidentally speaking a bald truth, and having to immediately apologize for such unseemliness.