Creation | James Weldon Johnson, Atlanta University 1894
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Creation | James Weldon Johnson, Atlanta University 1894

And God stepped out on space, And he looked around and said: I’m lonely– I’ll make me a world. And far as the eye of God could see Darkness covered everything, Blacker than a hundred midnights Down in a cypress swamp. Then God smiled, And the light broke, And the darkness rolled up on one … Continue reading

We Speak Their Names | HBCU Alumni Killed in Charleston Massacre
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We Speak Their Names | HBCU Alumni Killed in Charleston Massacre

On the night of Wednesday, June 17, 2015, a now-confessed white gunman, Dylann Roof, sat in the bible study of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina for almost an hour before opening fire on attendees, killing nine people. CNN reported that Roof’s father recently bought the younger Roff a .45-caliber gun … Continue reading

HBCUs Ain’t Handing Out Black Cards | Howard’s Rachel Dolezal + Faux-Blackness
Clark Atlanta University / Fisk University / Howard University

HBCUs Ain’t Handing Out Black Cards | Howard’s Rachel Dolezal + Faux-Blackness

If you’ve been using Rachel Dolezal‘s matriculation at Howard University, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as a measure of her trans-blackness: stop. Just stop. Attending an HBCU doesn’t make a person black, any more than eating apple pie makes one American. Must it really be explained … Continue reading

Nine Divine HBCU Sorority Sisters You Should Know
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority / Benedict College / Black Sororities / Bowie State University / Clark Atlanta University / Delta Sigma Theta Sorority / Florida A & M University / Hampton University / Howard University / North Carolina Central University / Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority / Spelman College / University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff / Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Nine Divine HBCU Sorority Sisters You Should Know

I confess. I’ve never watched a single episode of VH1’s Sorority Sisters. As a historian, as well as a social and cultural observer, I think it’s important that folk at least know what it is they are criticizing. But in this particular instance, there was no plot twist. The show was merely more of the same. … Continue reading

Lessons In Leadership | HBCUs + Black Fraternities and Sororities
Alabama State University / Barber-Scotia College / Bennett College / Bethune-Cookman College / Black Fraternities / Black Sororities / Campus Life & Style / Clark Atlanta University / Defunct Black Colleges / Dillard University / Fisk University / Florida A & M University / History & Culture / Howard University / Langston University / Morehouse College / North Carolina A & T State University / NPHC / Paul Quinn College / Philander Smith College / Spelman College / Tennessee State University / Tuskegee University / Xavier University of Louisiana

Lessons In Leadership | HBCUs + Black Fraternities and Sororities

Originally published in HBCU Digest magazine, June 2014. It is virtually impossible to think about the culture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) without thinking about the place of Black Greek Lettered Organizations (BGLOs) on many, if not most, of their campuses. Dubbed the “Divine Nine,” after the nine-member National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC), … Continue reading

Letters + Lessons for My Daughter | Mandilyn Graham, Clark Atlanta ’08
Black Sororities / Campus Life & Style / Clark Atlanta University / Grambling State University / History & Culture

Letters + Lessons for My Daughter | Mandilyn Graham, Clark Atlanta ’08

Dear Ellie, I love to watch you in your innocence like when I’m watching “A Different World” and you smile and dance to the theme song. To you it’s just a song you recognize and like but to fans of the show it’s a sitcom representation of the experience that only a small group are … Continue reading