Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Emory University in Atlanta received a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will be use to update and expand the university’s People of the Atlantic Slave Trade (PAST) project. The initiative hosts the website Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database.

Historically Black South Carolina State University received a $6.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. The university will collaborate with the Medical University of South Carolina to establish the South Carolina Disparities Research Center. Under the grant a biorepository facility will be established on South Carolina State University campus, where African Americans’ tissue samples will be stored for cancer research.

Wayne State University in Detroit received a three-year, $2.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help fund the Detroit Equity Action Lab. The lab, an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the university, promotes racial equity and justice by bringing together a multiracial, intergenerational group of leaders and innovators working in the many dimensions of racial equity to address issues of structural racism in the greater Detroit area.


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