Twenty-first century historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) stand at the precipice of a hard-fought past and an unknown future. To contend that the future of HBCUs is precarious is an unpopular, though accurate characterization. For all of their more than one and three-quarter century existence, these institutions have served as safe ports amid the storm of prejudice which rages against Black people in the American experience.
And in a sociopolitical climate in which many Black people in America are still seeking refuge from a country which has not fully welcomed them, it’s painful to draw attention to the proverbial elephant in the room: nobody who loves these uniquely-missioned institutions wants to be associated with casting gloom, much less spelling doom on them.
Although HBCUs have stood apart on the higher education landscape as places of refuge for Black students and faculty, they remain bound by the same…
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