Category Archives: Education

Black Lives Matter on campus, too

The Black Lives Matter movement has arrived on college campuses and universities with the same ferocity it brought to the streets of American cities last year, after grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York, refused to indict white officers involved in the deaths of two unarmed black men, Michael Brown and Eric… Read More »

Black colleges living monuments of American history

In 2015, is there still a need for black colleges? Absolutely. First, let’s get the terminology correct. The proper term for these institutions is “historically black colleges and universities,” or HBCUs. HBCUs were formed to provide access to higher learning for African-Americans during a time of extreme discrimination in America. The first degree-granting HBCU was… Read More »

Taking action on college racial harassment

In recent weeks, incidents at the University of Missouri and Yale University have placed in the public eye a set of issues that are familiar and painful to far too many college students. While these campuses have been the most visible recent examples, decades of history stretch across many campuses, with the issue going beyond… Read More »

Black Colleges and the Feeling of Home

Today, I sat in my office with one of my students – an African American woman. She was tired, somewhat sad, and frustrated with all that is happening on college campuses across the nation. Her feelings led to a conversation about what it’s like to pursue higher education as an African American. In majority environments,… Read More »

Civil rights (still) matter!

Suddenly it feels like the 1960s again. The passionate, sometimes purposely disruptive energies of the Black Lives Matter movement have ignited a campus-based movement for racial justice that came of age last week. After months of protesting against an intolerant school culture at the University of Missouri, the group #concernedstudent1950 (named after the year the… Read More »

Few Black Faculty Are Employed At Flagship Public Universities

If the University of Missouri succeeds in meeting a student demand for a faculty that’s 10 percent black in two years, it will likely be alone among its peers. No state’s “flagship” public university campus had a black faculty population approaching that level, and only a handful topped even the 5 percent mark, an Associated… Read More »

Why have the demands of black students changed so little since the 1960s?

The student protests at the University of Missouri and on other campuses across the country have brought greater attention to the educational plight of black students. The protests have exposed how experiences of black students in predominantly white campus environments are cloaked in isolation, invisibility and downright disregard for their rights. Sadly, campus racism is… Read More »

Yale College Dean Torn by Racial Protests

His cellphone started humming at 11:20 p.m. on Thursday. An urgent voice jolted Jonathan Holloway from his slumber. Students protesting against racism on campus were streaming toward the home of the university’s president, the caller said. Dr. Holloway is the first black dean of Yale College, a scholar of African-American history, and an administrator who… Read More »