Category Archives: Education

Why HBCU football still matters

This is a big weekend for pro football fans. The Hall of Fame game between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills will be played Sunday, Aug. 3 on NBC-TV at 8 p.m. For most fans, this signals the official start of the NFL season. Pro football is on everybody’s mind. Of course, the […]

Alums of Ohio black college fight for its survival

Alumni of the country’s oldest historically black private university are committing money and other support to help their alma mater’s fight for survival amid the risk of accreditation loss and financial deficits and low enrollment. The alumni association of southwestern Ohio’s Wilberforce University, founded in 1856, says graduates have committed to raise $2 million in […]

Statement of Wade Henderson on AFSCME’s Decision to Discontinue Relationship with UNCF Over Koch Brothers Partnership

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement regarding the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees’ (AFSCME) decision to sever its scholarship partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) over that organization’s new partnership with the Koch brothers, who are among the […]

A need for strategy and investment in HBCUs

Recently, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) released a new report titled Top Strategic Issues Facing HBCUs, Now and into the Future. The report draws upon two sources: a survey conducted by AGB and a recent gathering hosted by the organization. The report identifies seven pressing issues that Historically Black Colleges […]

Black TV news network at FAMU sets on-air date

The nascent Black Television News Channel, based at Florida A&M University, is slowly getting closer to going on the air. Representatives from Sony are scheduled to be on campus next week in preparation for major renovations to the broadcast studios in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. BTNC co-manager Bob Brillante said he expects […]

Stop blaming black parents for underachieving kids

Mayors, teachers unions, and news commentators have boiled down the academic achievement gap between white and black students to one root cause: parents. Even black leaders and barbershop chatter target “lazy parents” for academic failure in their communities, dismissing the complex web of obstacles that assault urban students daily. In 2011, then-New York City Mayor […]

Increasing African American Male Teachers in Public Schools Benefits All Students

One Triad university says the lack of African American male teachers hurts all students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2012, there were 3.7 million full-time teachers in U.S. elementary and secondary schools. This number also includes private schools. Dr. Dawn Tafari, a member of the clinical faculty in the Education Department […]

Governance Controversy Escalating at Alabama State University

Though President Gwendolyn E. Boyd has only been in office at Alabama State University since January 2014, she already has encountered what might be a career’s worth of institutional turmoil. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed ASU on a six-month warning period this past June, citing ASU for failing to comply with six […]

We Must Relentlessly Fight For Education Reform

I was cleaning out my garage recently and came across a report titled “Left Behind: A Report of the Education Committee.” The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago published the document in 2003. The report was one of many artifacts that I received as CEO of the school district as part of our […]

Rethinking President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

During the Race and Public Policy Conference in 2004, Keith Lawrence of Aspen Institute Community College and Terry Keleher of the Applied Research Center at UC Berkeley presented a paper titled “Chronic Disparity: Strong and Pervasive Evidence of Racial Inequalities.” During this session they provided a detailed definition for structural racism. To this extent, they […]