Category Archives: Education

S.C. State struggles to stay afloat: Can historically black colleges survive?

A financial crisis plaguing the South Carolina State University has pushed a larger issue into the spotlight: the fate of historically black colleges and universities across the United States. Earlier this month, South Carolina lawmakers proposed shutting down the state’s only public historically black college for a two-year period. The announcement came the same week […]

How Companies Can Encourage Minority Populations To Get Into STEM Fields

Encouraging minority populations to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at your business can help give your company a competitive advantage. Some businesses have even found that the diversification of its employees fosters innovation, creativity, and excellent performance. Last year, the NSF shared that “women, African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and individuals […]

Report Reveals 10 States Have Withheld Over $50 Million in HBCU Funding

A report released by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) reveals several states that are home to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have withheld nearly $57 million in funding that was designated for the institutions. Between 2010 and 2012, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida […]

Michelle Obama: Education is the thread through civil rights

With veterans of the civil rights movement at her side, first lady Michelle Obama said Friday that the most important issue facing African-Americans today is education. “These women represent many different facets and eras of the movement,” Obama said as she hosted an event marking Black History Month with veterans of the civil rights movement. […]

School Regrets Black History Menu of Chicken, Collard Greens

The president of Wright State University and its dining services vendor have apologized for a Black History Month menu that featured fried chicken and collard greens. The menu screens at the Ohio school also offered mashed potatoes and cornbread under photos of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other black leaders. The Dayton Daily […]

Southern Universities Still Wrestling With Racist Pasts

Tillman Hall is the building that goes on the Clemson University posters, at least the ones that don’t feature the football stadium or an orange paw print. The red brick building with a clock tower is the grandest and best-known structure on campus. It’s also named for a vehement racist. The building’s namesake, Benjamin Tillman, […]

South Carolina State University Close To Being Taken Over By The State

South Carolina lawmakers have moved closer to ordering the state to take control of its only public historically black university, which has been dogged for years by troubled finances and dwindling enrollment. Budget writers in the House of Representatives voted late Wednesday to oust South Carolina State University’s president and trustees and move oversight of […]

‘Lincoln N****r University’: Vandals deface entrance to America’s first historically black college

Vandals defaced the entrance to the first historically black college in the United States with a racial epithet, officials in Pennsylvania said on Thursday. According to, Lincoln University public safety officers discovered the graffiti at around 1:50 a.m. on Thursday morning. The sign at the northwest entrance of the campus was reportedly spray-painted to […]

Panel OKs big changes but keeps S.C. State open

House budget writers abandoned a plan Wednesday to temporarily shut down South Carolina State University, instead calling for the replacement of the institution’s leadership. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, said the decision is a “victory for everyone if we choose to see it. “The priority is to keep S.C. State open and viable as an institution.” […]

History Curriculum Needs More Coverage of Black Inventors

There is a reason we study Russian and European history as an integral part of our history curriculum. History is required from pre-K to college because it is a vital part of knowing how you and your country came to be. History also helps shape perceptions about the people being studied. However, no matter how […]