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

HBCUs Are Not Merely Relevant
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HBCUs Are Not Merely Relevant

This content was initially offered as “The State of the Story: HBCU Relevance is a Losing Proposition,” the closing remarks of the 2014 HBCUstory Symposium, which was held in Washington, D.C. on October 24 + 25 at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. Barnard, Wellesley, Smith, Mills and Sweet Briar are women’s colleges; no one asks … Continue reading

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd ’77
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HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd ’77

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd is installed as the president of Alabama State University. On Friday, September 6th, Alabama State University’s board of trustees officially welcomed Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd to the office of the president. The nearly-four hour ceremony was topped off with a fiery speech from Boyd, the school’s first alumna president. Promising a “new day,” … Continue reading

I Love Howard
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I Love Howard

The I Love Howard campaign is a grassroots fundraising effort led by three Howard University alumni committed to raising $20,000 for the university’s endowment by October 1st. The campaign is designed to compel Howard University graduates, students and supporters to give. Howard University was established in Washington, D.C. by a charter of the U.S. Congress … Continue reading

Five Tips For College Seniors
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Five Tips For College Seniors

As you are entering your senior year, I know you will be inundated with advice about graduate school, professional school, career planning, how to look for a job, how to interview, how to land a job, financial planning, student loan counseling etc. This information matters and take special care to glean all you can. But, … Continue reading