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Embracing our First Responder Role as Academics - With Inspiration From Langston Hughes

Embracing our First Responder Role as Academics – With Inspiration From Langston Hughes

Amid a slew of American crises, academics who want to further equality in the land have a very critical and continuing role as first responders.

Turning the Tide of Segregation:  The Legacy of the Law School at South Carolina State College

Turning the Tide of Segregation: The Legacy of the Law School at South Carolina State College

During the Jim Crow era, southern states established segregated graduate and professional schools so that they would not have to admit Blacks to predominantly White educational institutions.

Eight African Americans Named Truman Scholars

Eight African Americans Named Truman Scholars

While the Truman Foundation does not release data on the racial and ethnic make up of their scholars, an analysis of this year’s class of 62 Truman Scholars, concludes that it appears that eight are African Americans.

Academic Hunger Games: HBCUs in a Fight for Survival

Academic Hunger Games: HBCUs in a Fight for Survival

John M. Rudley, president emeritus of Texas Southern University in Houston, examines the current leadership crisis that is impacting many of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities.

Incoming Fire from All Directions: Microaggressions Faced by Students and Faculty of Color

Incoming Fire from All Directions: Microaggressions Faced by Students and Faculty of Color

Faculty of color must manage themselves, encourage their students and promote learning in sometimes less than ideal social climates.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

In 2004, only two of the nation’s highest-ranked universities had incoming classes that were more than 10 percent Black. This year there are nine. Five more have entering classes that are more than 9 percent Black.

Eight African Americans Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Eight African Americans Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

An analysis of the list of the 70 new members of the National Academy of Medicine by JBHE finds that eight, or 11.4 percent, are African Americans.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

For the first time in the history of our survey, Pomona College in Claremont, California, has the highest percentage of Black students in this year’s entering classes at the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges.

When Giving Advice to African American College Students

When Giving Advice to African American College Students

Dr. Lillian Williams of Columbia College Chicago explores the factors that led to the success of graduating journalism students of color.

A Record Year for African American Rhodes Scholars

A Record Year for African American Rhodes Scholars

It appears that this year seven of the 32 Rhodes Scholarship winners for graduate study at Oxford University are African Americans. This is the most African American Rhodes Scholars in history.

Three Black Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

Three Black Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

Of this year’s 23 MacArthur Fellows, four are African Americans and three have current ties to the academic world.

Higher Education: Putting Our Children on the Bus to Success

Higher Education: Putting Our Children on the Bus to Success

Professor Angela Mae Kupenda of the Mississippi College of Law offers a commentary on parents’ and other caregivers’ responsibility to put African American children on the path to success through higher education.

Twelve Black Scholars Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Twelve Black Scholars Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, it appears that 14 of the new members of the AAAS are African Americans. Twelve have current academic affiliations.

Creating the Talented Tenth

Creating the Talented Tenth

Christopher M. Span, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Education at the University of Illinois, discusses the university’s success in graduating Black and Latino/a doctoral students.

Black Americans in the 2016 Class of Truman Scholars

Black Americans in the 2016 Class of Truman Scholars

This year, 54 Truman scholars were selected from 775 candidates nominated by 305 colleges and universities. Of this year’s 54 Truman Scholars, it appears that nine, or 16.7 percent, are Black Americans.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

In 2009, only three of the nation’s high-ranking liberal arts colleges had entering classes that were at least 10 percent Black. This year there are seven, with another three schools close behind.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Slightly more than a decade ago in 2004, only two of the nation’s highest-ranked universities had incoming classes that were more than 10 percent Black. This year there are eight.

Four African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

Four African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

This year 32 Marshall Scholarships were awarded for American students to spend two years in graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom. It appears from JBHE research, that four of this year’s 32 winners are African Americans.

Four Black Women Win Rhodes Scholarships

Four Black Women Win Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Trust has announced the latest class of 32 American students who will study at the University of Oxford as Rhodes Scholars. Of this year’s 32 American Rhodes Scholars, it appears that four are African Americans. All four are women.

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute for Medicine, has chosen five Black scholars among its new class of 70 fellows.

Three Black Scholars Named MacArthur Fellows

Three Black Scholars Named MacArthur Fellows

Of this year’s 24 MacArthur Fellows, three are Black scholars with ties to the academic world. They are Patrick Awuah, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and LaToya Ruby Frazier.

Albany State University in Georgia Announces a New Administrative Team

Albany State University in Georgia Announces a New Administrative Team

Albany State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, has announced a large number of high-level appointments to administrative positions at the educational institution.

Five Black Scholars Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Five Black Scholars Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows conducted by JBHE, it appears that eight of the new members of the AAAS are Black. Five of the eight have current ties to the academic world.

African Americans in the 2015 Class of Truman Scholars

African Americans in the 2015 Class of Truman Scholars

This year, 58 Truman scholars were selected from 688 candidates nominated by 297 colleges and universities. Of this year’s 58 Truman Scholars, it appears that 11, or 19 percent, are African Americans.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

A decade ago in 2004, only two of the nation’s highest-ranked universities had incoming classes that were more than 10 percent Black. This year there are eight. This is a major sign of progress for African Americans at our top universities.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

There are 74 Black first-year students at Amherst this fall. They make up 15.8 percent of the first-year class. This is largest percentage of Black first-year students at any of the high-ranking liberal arts colleges in the 21 years that JBHE has conducted this survey.

Five African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

Five African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

The Rhodes Trust has announced the latest class of 32 American students who will study at the University of Oxford as Rhodes Scholars. It appears that five of the new Rhodes Scholars are African Americans.

African Americans Who Hold Endowed and Distinguished Professorships in Education

African Americans Who Hold Endowed and Distinguished Professorships in Education

The authors have identified 42 faculty members who hold endowed chairs in the field of education. Meanwhile, there are nine distinguished faculty in education.

My Brother’s Keeper: Some Gaps That May Keep the Nation From Making Progress Among Males of Color

My Brother’s Keeper: Some Gaps That May Keep the Nation From Making Progress Among Males of Color

D. Jason DeSousa offers suggestions to strengthen the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force’s final report.

Let's Create a National Endowment for HBCUs

Let’s Create a National Endowment for HBCUs

Professor Richard F. America calls for a national fundraising effort to strengthen historically Black colleges and universities well into the twenty-first century.

Healing Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Healing Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HBCU Preservation Foundation’s Stan Ashemore asks, “Why are we not there for HBCUs now as they were for us so many years ago?”

Seven African American Scholars Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Seven African American Scholars Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows conducted by JBHE, it appears that 11 of the 188 new American members of the AAAS are African Americans. Thus, African Americans make up only 5.9 percent of the new members of the academy.

Nine African Americans Awarded Truman Scholarships

Nine African Americans Awarded Truman Scholarships

This year, 59 Truman scholars were selected from 655 candidates nominated by 294 colleges and universities. Of this year’s 59 Truman Scholars, it appears that nine are African Americans.

Rebranding HBCUs

Rebranding HBCUs

Dr. Richard America offers his views on how historically Black colleges and universities can go about a transformation so that these higher education institutions can thrive in the twenty-first century.

A Treasure Trove of Historical Data on the History of Mental Illness Among African Americans

A Treasure Trove of Historical Data on the History of Mental Illness Among African Americans

Professor King Davis of the University of Texas is seeking funding to finish a monumental task of making decades of archival information on Black mental illness available to researchers.

Harvard's New Group of W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Harvard’s New Group of W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Black scholars who are among the new group of fellows are Christopher Emdin, Shose Kessi, Achille Mbembe, Mark Anthony Neal, Wole Soyinka, and Deborah Willis.