Category Archives: Education

OU Says SAE Frat Members Learned Racist Song at National Event

The University of Oklahoma says it has determined that fraternity members learned a racist chant at a national event organized by Sigma Alpha Epsilon four years ago — and it wants to know what the leaders are doing about it. OU President David Boren is expected to announce the results of the school’s investigation into […]

Shades of segregated past in today’s campus troubles

Demands to rename Tillman Hall at Clemson University, the circulation of a video showing a racist chant at the University of Oklahoma and the discovery of a fraternity pledge book discussing lynching at North Carolina State University demonstrate how persistent racial issues are on college campuses. Benjamin Tillman was a post-Civil War politician, racial demagogue […]

Michelle Obama, Race and the Ivy League

In 1988, a group of black students at Harvard Law School compiled a report designed to recognize the growing achievements of black students on campus and share their wisdom with newcomers. The longest essay in the 50-page newsletter was written by a 24-year-old third-year student named Michelle Robinson, who devoted more than 3,000 words to […]

SC State asks for $23.5 million to erase its deficit

South Carolina State University’s leader asked a state Senate panel Tuesday to give the financially troubled school all of the $23.5 million that it needs to eliminate its deficit. “We want to be made whole,” acting President Franklin Evans told the panel. “We are pleading, begging and asking for assistance.” The state’s only historically black […]

Closing the gap between school and work

Dressed in hospital scrubs, Manida My heard “code blue” and saw her patient’s heartbeat on the monitor. All she could think was, “What should I do?” Her first patient, “Johnny,” was critically injured in a traffic accident caused by texting and driving. “At first, I was really nervous. My heart was racing,” said the 17-year-old, […]

GOP education reform would hurt poor, Black students

As the Republican-led Congress prepares to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), civil rights groups, educators and student advocates fear that current proposals leave many poor and Black children behind. According to analysis by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C. –based progressive think tank, the bill submitted by Sen. Lamar […]

Nissan Announces $250,000 Donation to Six Local Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Mississippi

Last week Nissan announced the donation of $250,000 to six local Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to promote STEM initiatives at each school to inspire and develop talent. U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Nissan executives will present representatives from Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust […]

Your College Degree Won’t Protect You From Institutional Racism

Last year, Lawrence Otis Graham wrote a Washington Post article in which he explained that he sent his three African American children to elite private schools and encouraged them to adopt “preppy clothes, perfect diction and that air of quiet graciousness” in the hope of protecting them from the racism and stereotyping that Graham and […]