Before you knew you owned it | Alice Walker, Spelman College
Motivational Mondays / Quotables / Spelman College

Before you knew you owned it | Alice Walker, Spelman College

Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise. become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely Given out Take only enough Stop short of urge to plead Then purge away the need. Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart Or greater than a star; Tame wild disappointment With caress unmoved and … Continue reading

WATCH | HBCU Stories Live Forever
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WATCH | HBCU Stories Live Forever

Each year, it is our great privilege to posthumously honor outstanding members of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community who have left an indelible mark on the HBCU family. Their incredible legacies, are a lamp unto our paths as we seek to advance the mission and curate our visions for HBCUs in the … 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

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

Everyone Has A Story, Live A Life That Truly Matters | Telling the #HBCUstory
Bennett College / Fisk University / HBCUstory Symposium / Paul Quinn College / Spelman College

Everyone Has A Story, Live A Life That Truly Matters | Telling the #HBCUstory

It’s been more than two years since I founded HBCUstory, Inc., an advocacy initiative to preserve, present and promote, inspiring stories of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. And what a ride it has been! Everyone has a story. Here is mine. In the fall of 1999, I entered Fisk University as 17 year-old, first-generation, college freshman. … Continue reading