Maryland HBCU Lawsuit Leaves No Room for Mistakes in Selection of Next Chancellor

The history of racism and discrimination in this country makes it hard for African-Americans to criticize one of our own ascending to heights of increased responsibility, authority and influence. Even when one of us is promoted in the wrong way, or for the wrong reason, it seems that we readily steep ourselves in cultural obligation to support and defend those who are our color, but not necessarily our kind.
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FAMU Alumni Emerging as Model for HBCU Engagement

Over the last two months, the FAMU 220 Quarterback Club has been a trending topic in Tallahassee and throughout Florida. FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Athletic Director Kellen Winslow Sr., and former president Frederick Humphries have been among the groups distinguished guest in recent weeks, with all meetings resulting in extensive local coverage for the university and its athletic agenda.

And that’s the way it should be for all HBCU alumni; we all should do something that gives us enough clout to be heard. And by heard, not just audience with a university president, but boards of trustees, corporations, legislators, and other influential groups which have something to gain from hearing and supporting our interests.
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2014 Black College Football Picks – Week 1

Play along with the HBCU Digest Founding Editor Jarrett Carter Sr. and pick the winners for each week’s slate of black college football games in the comments section of each week’s post.
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HBCU Digest Podcast Series – Alabama State Professor Dr. Kimberly Brown

Alabama State University Professor Dr. Kimberly Brown discusses her newest children’s book, ‘Queen Like Me,’ a motivational journey through the lives of Black women of power throughout history.
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Mason Raises Stakes in Fight for Southern’s Survival

If faculty, alumni and students at Southern University thought the answer to the SU System’s problems was the removal of President Ronald Mason, then those stakeholders now face a multitude of questions about their role in righting the nation’s flagship historically Black system of higher education.

Mason recently alerted the SUS Board of Supervisors that he will not seek or accept an extension of his contract, scheduled to end in June 2015, without a commitment to resources and regulatory oversight necessary for the system’s future sustainability, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Apparently, Mason can walk away from the devastating budget cuts, Baton Rouge’s infamous sociopolitical culture, and divided ranks among faculty and alumni. But if he does leave and doesn’t look back, what will be the survival plan for those opponents who stay?
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Morgan State Presidential Failures Reveal Board Improprieties

The following is Part Two of a three-part series chronicling leadership struggles at Morgan State University, Maryland’s largest historically Black university. Read part one here

In February 2014, Morgan State University President David Wilson joined a panel of Baltimore-Washington metropolitan-area college presidents at the annual regional conference of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The discussion was centered around “the current state of American secondary and postsecondary educa­tion and its impact on philanthropic support, constituent engagement, and public perception.”

In response to a question on what presidents now know that they didn’t know before coming into the position, Wilson responded with his take on board relations.

“One thing you have to be aware of is the politics of the board. And I’m not just talking about politics in the sense of political affiliation, democrat or republican, but the relationships; the egos and the agendas of board members. Knowing and understanding who is related to whom, what interests does each board member represent in filling that position, are critical to success as a president.”
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Harris-Stowe State Should be Part of the Solution to Failures in Ferguson

If there is no other take away from Ferguson, Missouri; a town where African-Americans comprise two-thirds of the population but none of its municipal electorate and less than five percent of its police force, its that Black folks need an engine to jumpstart our own destiny.

13 miles away from Ferguson is Harris-Stowe State University, one of two historically Black institutions in Missouri. All eyes should be on HSSU as class returns to session, and raging tempers, hopefully, transform into action for civil justice. Harris-Stowe is known for its criminal justice program, and should be a leading voice of criticism in how the city has botched police action, and on how the citizens have completely muted their own voices in the political process.
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