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.

Capitol Community College received a $149,426 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a curriculum, exhibit, and lecture series about the history of the Talcott Street Church, the first Black house of worship in Hartford, Connecticut. The lecture series will be named after James W.C. Pennington, who fled slavery in Maryland and became a pastor in the early years of the church.

Historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., received a $1 million donation from the family of philanthropist Fred Taylor to establish the “Roll Away the Stone” Program at the university’s School of Social Work. The School of Social Work will establish a certificate program for human service leadership for nonprofit and public service professionals. And the grant will provide annual tuition and financial assistance scholarships to master of social work students selected to participate as “Fred Taylor Emerging Leaders.”

The City University of New York was awarded a $425,000 grant from New York City Council to support the university’s efforts to transform its campuses into spaces that serve as national models of equity and inclusion. The new funding will allow the CUNY Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Incubator, run by the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding at Queens College, to double the number of CUNY campuses it works with to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts.

Alison Isenberg, professor of history at Princeton University in New Jersey, received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for research and writing Uprisings: The Impact of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination and the Case of Trenton, New Jersey, a book on unrest in Trenton, New Jersey, in the aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.


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