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Education

Students get scholarships, acceptance letters at Black College Expo

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — More than 15,000 high school students met with representatives from more than 200 colleges and universities. […read more]

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Colleges are failing to provide black students with the individualized support they need to overcome the deficiencies of their K-12 educations to give them their best chance of success. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

Activists Criticize American Bar Association over Law School Exams

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “There’s no dignity to be found in being inadequately trained to sit for the bar exam. A mountain of debt and dim legal career prospects don’t advance the cause of social justice. The real injustice is the ABA voting against making law schools accountable for valuing black students as merely a statistic,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a former professor of law at George Mason University. […read more]

Congressman Cedric L. Richmond represents the 2nd District of Louisiana, which includes parts of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. He is also the chair of the 48-member, bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which was established in 1971.Official Photo
Black History

OP-ED: Because of the CBC, the Farm Bill Includes Millions for HBCUs, Black Farmers, and Rural Communities of Color

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “According to federal law, states are required to match federal funding dollar-for-dollar for land-grant universities, but many HBCUs have not been getting what they are owed. In fact, a 2013 report by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities found that from 2010-12, 61% of the historically black land-grant universities did not receive 100% of the one-to-one matching funds from their respective states…” […read more]

For little over a decade, the alumni from Morgan State University, Coppin State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Bowie State University have been locked in litigation with the state to dismantle what they say is racial segregation, causing a federal judge to appoint a special official to craft a plan to increase diversity at Maryland’s historically black colleges./AFRO Photo/Deborah BaileyAFRO Photo/Deborah Bailey
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Oral Arguments Scheduled for HBCU-Maryland Inequality Case

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In 2013, Judge Catherine Blake, U.S. District Court of Maryland, found that Maryland continues to operate vestiges of a de jure system of segregation, specifically by continuing a longstanding practice of duplicating academic programs offered at HBCU’s, rather than investing in making the HBCU programs attractive to a diverse range of students. […read more]

Former District Attorney Bruce Castor: …there was “no question that Cosby relied upon my representation when he submitted to depositions in the civil case related to the allegations made by Constand.” (Photo: Screen capture from 2016 Reuters report video)(Photo: Screen capture from 2016 Reuters report video)
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COMMENTARY: Why Camille Cosby Opened up to the Black Press

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With Tuesday’s midterm elections carrying such import, particularly among African Americans and other minorities, Mrs. Cosby not only wanted to convey her thoughts about her husband’s plight, but she felt it critical and urgent that she reach out to voters – some of whom probably can relate to what she and her family are now going through. […read more]

Beyoncé performing on The O2 in London. Photo by idrewuk (originally posted to Flickr as Hello hubbie!) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsPhoto by idrewuk (originally posted to Flickr as Hello hubbie!) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Education

Jay Z, Beyoncé Awarding $1M in Scholarships to ‘Exceptional’ High School Students

Hip-hop superstar Jay Z and his wife, Beyoncé, have announced a new scholarship program that will award 10 scholarships worth $100,000 each to “exceptional” high school seniors who demonstrate financial needs. […read more]

Education

Making the Case for Investing in HBCUs

By Rushern Baker (County Executive, Prince George’s County, Md.) UNCF’s iconic, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” advertising campaign remains the gold-standard for shining light on the urgency of investing in Black colleges and universities. No nation, the stories in the campaign reminded Read More

National

Flat Funding for HBCUs Is a Win

By Johnny C. Taylor Jr. (NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist) My job is to promote the interests of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. So naturally I was concerned when I heard earlier this year that the new Trump administration was planning to propose increasing defense Read More

Business

A-B Invests in HBCU Students

by Rebecca Rivas Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American Thirty college students from across the country came to St. Louis from July 23-25 for the fourth annual Anheuser-Busch Legends of the Crown leadership symposium, where they accepted $150,000 in scholarships while participating Read More

National

A Top HBCU Honor for FAMU President

Mangum, Edward Waters research director among honorees at Hampton Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier Two of Florida’s Black universities were honored last week at the annual AARP HBCU Awards ceremony held at Hampton University. Dr. Elmira Mangum, president of Florida A&M University, Read More

National

New Congressional Caucus Champions HBCUs

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A little help may be on the way for historically Black colleges and universities struggling against falling financial support and an increasingly skeptical public. The Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus was launched last week, with Congressional members Read More

National

China-HBCU Exchange Program Launched

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to develop the next generation of global leaders, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, joined, Perfect World, the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and domestic groups focused on building ties between Read More

Business

Group Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

  By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to increase the relevancy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) redesigned one of its signature programs to cultivate Black industry leaders at the corporate Read More

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Op-Ed

Support our Black Colleges

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   There is a critical and long overdue discussion about the fate of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) now finally taking place around the nation.  Yes, this is the time of year where annual government allocations and Read More

National

HBCUs Leading Next Generation Of Minority Health Care Research

[The Huffington Post] Howard University Interim President Wayne A. I. Frederick wants his students following you around the grocery store. He envisions HU nutrition science undergraduates providing shoppers with reports on dietary recommendations, and interfacing with their physicians to determine nutrition plans that lead to Read More

National

HBCUs Struggling to Keep Up

by Dorothy Rowley Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer The president of the D.C.-based Thurgood Marshall College Fund said recently that historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are feeling the effects of underfunding, but are getting serious about resolving those issues. In doing Read More

National

Md. in Violation of HBCU Students’ Constitutional Rights

by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper BALTIMORE – In a historic, 60-page decision, a federal court judge ruled that Maryland violated its constitutional commitment to dissolving vestiges of segregation in higher education by allowing traditionally White institutions to duplicate programs already Read More

National

HBCUs Must Adapt to Teach the 21st Century Students

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As historically Black colleges and universities adapt to the rapidly changing educational landscape, advocates say that collaborative partnerships in business, in the community, and on campus will be needed to ensure that HBCUs survive and thrive Read More

National

Blacks Attend Underfunded ‘Racially Separate’ Colleges

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite high test scores and access to higher education, Black students often attend poorly-funded colleges and receive certificates instead of earning degrees, according to a recent report. The report titled “Separate and Unequal,” by the Georgetown Read More

National

Saint Paul’s College Proceeds to Close Its Doors

[DiverseEducation.com] This time of year, signs welcoming students back to Saint Paul’s should be ready to roll out, but instead, quiet fills the campus air. For those making the drive along the rolling hills and backroads of rural Lawrenceville, Va.’s Brunswick County to the sprawling Read More

National

HBCUs are Still Highly Valued Institutions

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NASHVILLE (NNPA) – The presidents of Tennessee State University and American Baptist, both of whom are now heading their alma mater, and the dean at Meharry Medical College, a graduate of Howard University – said they are proof that Read More

National

The Death of Saint Paul’s College

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Saint Paul’s College, a historically Black college founded in 1888 in partnership with the Episcopal Church, announced last week that it’s shutting down and working to help current students transfer to other institutions. The school, located Read More

National

College: ‘The Best Four or Five Years of Your Life’

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent Howard University Provost Wayne Frederick Extols Value of HBCUs WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When Mecala Holmes was a freshman at Howard University in 2008, she recalls seeing a t-shirt in the school’s book store that read “Howard University, the best Read More

National

Pell Grant Changes Will Slow Black Graduation Rates

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent [Editor’s Note: This is the second of two stories by NNPA Washington Correspondents Freddie Allen and Maya Rhodan examining how federal loan problems are hurting Black students in college.] WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In many ways, the route Bonita Rex Read More

National

New Loan Policies Fail Black Students in College

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent [Editor’s Note: This is the first of two stories by NNPA Washington Correspondents Freddie Allen and Maya Rhodan examining how federal loan problems are failing Black students in college.] WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Like thousands of Black college students, Bethanie Read More

Press Room

Morgan State University Wins Back-to-Back Academic Championships at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Morgan State University Wins Back-to-Back Academic Championships at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Torrance, CA. April 8, 2013 – After two days of intense competition among 250 students representing 48 competing teams, Morgan State University claimed its second National Championship title in a row at the Read More

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Top Scholars Prepare to Take On Reigning National Academic Champion at 2013 Honda Campus All Star Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Top Scholars Prepare to Take On Reigning National Academic Champion at 2013 Honda Campus All Star Challenge Nation’s only HBCU academic competition brings best and brightest to Los Angeles area Torrance, Calif., March 20, 2013 – After hundreds of hours of studying, countless practice Read More