historical black colleges

Trump suggests funding historically black colleges may be unconstitutional

  • President Donald Trump signaled Friday that a 25-year-old federal program helping finance construction projects on historically black college campuses may be unconstitutional.
  • In a statement released after signing the government spending bill that deterred a government shutdown, Trump wrote that the HBCU funding program is an example of a program “that allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity and gender." 
  • He said his administration would make sure the provision is consistent with the equal protection of the laws under the Fifth Amendment. Read more. (5/6/17, 10:04 AM)

Beyoncé announces college scholarship for women in honor of ‘Formation’ anniversary

  • On Monday evening, Beyoncé updated her website with the announcement of a new scholarship in honor of the anniversary of her landmark album Lemonade.
  • The scholarship, called Formation Scholars, will “support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”
  • Four scholarships will be awarded to four undergraduate or graduate students at eligible schools. Only one student per school will be chosen. 
  • Beyoncé chose two historically black colleges, Howard and Spelman, and two arts-focused colleges, Berklee School of Music and Parsons School of Design, as the institutions where the scholarships are available. Read more (4/25/17)

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Sorority Life

Alpha Kappa Alpha

(Howard University, 1908)

Delta Sigma Theta

(Howard University, 1913)

Zeta Phi Beta

(Howard University, 1920)

Sigma Gamma Rho

(Butler University, 1922).


Every College Accepted Her: ‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi Is Hollywood‘s Most Stylish History Nerd

“Fame and success, it goes without saying, have many sweet perks.

For Yara Shahidi, the breakout star of the ABC hit Black-ish, it meant getting to know former first lady Michelle Obama. And having her write those burdensome but necessary college recommendation letters, which got her accepted into all seven schools she applied to: two Ivy Leagues, four state institutions, and one historically black college.”

Read more at Yahoo Style here.

Betsy DeVos was greeted with a “huge chorus” of boos during her speech at Bethune-Cookman

  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is not having a good day.
  • Per CBS News, DeVos encountered a “constant streams of boos and chants” during a commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • CNN reported that the “huge chorus” of booing began when DeVos received her honorary doctorate from the institution.
  • Many students also stood and turned their backs away from DeVos.
  • The president of the university, Dr. Edison O. Jackson, threatened to cut the proceedings short if the students kept booing the education secretary. According to CNN, Jackson told the student body, “If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you.”
  • Bethune-Cookman students collected more than 50,000 signatures on a petition to stop Betsy DeVos from delivering her address. Read more (5/10/17)

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Leaders of historically black colleges are hopeful after Trump’s HBCU executive order

  • On Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order that moved the initiative on HBCUs from the Department of Education to the White House but, according to the document, offered no additional funding for the schools, many of whom rely heavily on federal aid.
  • Trump reassured HBCU leaders in attendance that their concerns would be a priority for his administration.
  • “President Trump’s executive order issued today is a significant and a positive first step in what we hope to be a productive working relationship,” the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an advocacy group representing dozens of HBCUs, said in a statement Tuesday after the order was signed. Read more (2/28/17 5:39 PM)

After “historic” meeting, HBCUs seem to be changing their tune about their deal with Trump

  • The ink has dried on Trump’s executive order that offers no additional funding to the nation’s historically black colleges and universities — and elation among presidents and chancellors of those institutions has apparently cooled.
  • These schools were not in dire need of an overseer — they need funding, David Wilson, president of the Morgan State University in Baltimore, said in recent letter to students, faculty and staff.
    • “There was great expectation that the executive order to be signed by the president would have an aspirational, numerical percentage goal for the federal agencies… to invest in HBCUs,” Wilson wrote in the letter dated March 1. “However, as many of you know by now, the executive order signed by the president did not include any such goal, and I was disappointed by this omission.”
  • He isn’t the only one: Morehouse College president John Silvanus Wilson Jr., said HBCU leaders were practically lured to the White House on Monday around the hype that Trump would one-up Obama’s record of support to black colleges. 
    • “Many had high hopes about this [White House] meeting,” the president of the Atlanta men’s college said in a statement. “But, instead of the long-awaited executive order containing or signaling any of those outcomes, the key change is a symbolic shift… It is not possible to measure the impact of this gesture anytime soon, if ever.” Read more (3/3/17 12:33 PM)

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Historically black college cancels Republican Senator John Cornyn’s speech

  • Two days after U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed during a commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University, another historically black college, Texas Southern University, has canceled a similar speech from another member of Trump’s constituency, Senate majority whip John Cornyn.
  • In response to a student-penned Change.org petition, the school’s administration canceled the Republican senator’s appearance at Saturday’s graduation to ensure the ceremony “would be remembered for the right reasons,” Reuters reported Friday. Read more. (5/12/17, 9:30 PM)
Today in Politics: February 28, 2017
  • President Trump questioned if Anti Semites are actually committing hate crimes, suggesting Jewish people are committing these acts to make others “look bad” (WP)(NYTIMES)
  • Trump signed an executive order expressing the intent to begin dismantling clean water regulations put in place under Obama.(USA)(TODAY)(HILL)
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos called HBCUs ‘pioneers’ of ‘school choice.’ After backlash she tweeted, HBCUs were brought out of ‘necessity’ for equal education. (Original Statement)(BI)(NYTIMES)
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out today and reaffirmed a crackdown on violent crime in the United States. He also tied an increase in violent crime to less respect for law enforcement. He also spoke of his disapproval for legal marijuana. (CNN)(WP)(FORBES)
  • President Trump signed an executive order that moves a federal initiative supporting historically black colleges and universities directly into the White House. Trump claims this will make them a priority. (WP)(WT)(IBT)
  • Trump made claims today that Barack Obama and Obama loyalists are behind anti-Trump protests and leaks from the White House. (FOX)(CNN)(NYP)
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg is skipping Trump’s first joint session address to Congress. (HILL)(DN)
  • President Trump will be making his first address to a joint session of Congress today at 9:00 PM EST. A summary will be posted asking for your opinions.

So this happened yesterday! April 29th, 2017 at 2PM my Masters Degree was conferred and I am
So honored and humbled! Thank you God for the sacrifice for the support and for everyone who’s been apart of this journey! I can go anywhere because of you! Thank you God, for FAMU! This is My Black Excellence!

Nick Burnett, MPH
Florida A&M University
Class of 2017!

B L A C K B O Y J O Y!!!!!

Florida Memorial University honors Trayvon Martin with a posthumous pilot’s degree

  • Trayvon Martin once dreamed of becoming a pilot.
  • Florida Memorial University, a historically black college in Miami Gardens, Florida, where Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, received her bachelor’s in English, intends to make that deferred dream a reality. 
  • The university’s aviation school will posthumously confer Trayvon with a pilot’s degree during its commencement exercises on May 13, the college’s president announced.
  • “Of special significance is awarding posthumously the Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation to Trayvon Martin,” Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Florida Memorial University, said in a press release posted to Facebook on Wednesday. “Sybrina, our alum, epitomizes strength and dignity as she uplifts other victims of violence while effecting change for a more equal and just society.” Read more (5/5/17 11:20 AM)

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In the era of “alternative facts” education is more important than ever. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tried to use the success of historic black colleges and universities (HBCU) to justify her twisted views of “school choice” and the voucher system. President Donald Trump has scaled back protections of transgender youth in public schools. Children of immigrants are being threatened and bullied at school. Activists gathered at Central Park West and marched to the offices of Governor Andrew Cuomo to demand adequate funding of New York’s public schools and protections for immigrant and transgender students.