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The Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora Founded at Georgia State University

The Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora Founded at Georgia State University

The center will support research and academic initiatives, artistic efforts, and public programming, including exhibits, lectures and conferences, and advance policy proposals that target issues of concern to the African diaspora across the university and the broader community.

Slavery, Race and Memory Project at Wake Forest University Issues New Report

Slavery, Race and Memory Project at Wake Forest University Issues New Report

In 1836, the estate of John Blount, which included land and enslaved Black people was donated to Wake Forest. In 1860, 14 enslaved humans were auctioned for a total of $10,718 that added to the university’s endowment.

The Experiences of Women of Color at Law Schools in the United States

The Experiences of Women of Color at Law Schools in the United States

Recent research found that nearly one-half of law firm offices do not have a single partner who is a woman of color. The current study examines how the experiences of women of color at the nation’s law schools lead to their underrepresentation in the legal profession.

In Memoriam: Lenwood G. Davis, 1939-2020

In Memoriam: Lenwood G. Davis, 1939-2020

In 1978, Dr. Davis joined the history department faculty at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. He retired from teaching in 2015.

In Memoriam: Thomas E.H. Conway, 1949-2020

In Memoriam: Thomas E.H. Conway, 1949-2020

Dr. Conway had a 45-year career with the University of North Carolina System. He was named interim chancellor of Elizabeth City State University in 2016 and the position was made permanent in 2017. Dr. Conway retired at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore Named Provost at California Polytechnic State University

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore Named Provost at California Polytechnic State University

Dr. Jackson-Elmoore is currently dean of the Honors College at Michigan State University and a professor with affiliations in the School of Social Work and the Global Urban Studies Program. She also currently co-chairs a university-level Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee.

HBCUs Securing Laptop Computers for All New Students

HBCUs Securing Laptop Computers for All New Students

Online education has become an essential tool for colleges and universities to continue instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some HBCUs are taking steps to ensure that the students will have the technology they need if and when another emergency occurs.

Morgan State University Planning Options for the Fall 2020 Semester

Morgan State University Planning Options for the Fall 2020 Semester

David K. Wilson, president of Morgan State University in Baltimore, has taken actions to protect the university’s financial health throughout the coronavirus crisis and has unveiled three potential planning models to guide operations in the fall.

In Memoriam: Lila Althea Fenwick, 1932-2020

In Memoriam: Lila Althea Fenwick, 1932-2020

Lila Fenwick was the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School. She died from complications of the coronavirus on April 4 at her home in New York City.

Benedict College in South Carolina Offers a New Group of Online Certificate Programs

Benedict College in South Carolina Offers a New Group of Online Certificate Programs

Accessible through the Benedict College Virtual Learning website, students will have the opportunity to receive professional development certifications in programs such as cybersecurity, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, supply chain management and more.

In Memorial: Don Alden Crewell, 1952-2020

In Memorial: Don Alden Crewell, 1952-2020

Crewell joined the California Institute of Technology as director of financial aid in 2007, a position he maintained until November 2019. Earlier, he served on the staff at the California College of the Arts, the California School of Professional Psychology, and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Did North Carolina A&T State University Police Use Excessive Force Against Black Student?

Did North Carolina A&T State University Police Use Excessive Force Against Black Student?

Verdant Julius, the sophomore class president at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, was arrested by campus police while attempting to enter his residence hall to clear out his belongings as the university transitioned to all online instruction.

University of Notre Dame Debuts Online Archive of Students' Stories Relating to Race

University of Notre Dame Debuts Online Archive of Students’ Stories Relating to Race

The Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana has launched a new initiative to collect stories relating to race and encourage constructive dialogue at the university.

The First African American Provost at the University of South Carolina

The First African American Provost at the University of South Carolina

William F. Tate IV was named executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Tate, who is currently the dean of the Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis, will be the first African American to serve as provost at the university.

Reuben E. Brigety II Appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the South

Reuben E. Brigety II Appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the South

Dr. Brigety currently serves as dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Prior to becoming dean in 2015, Dr. Brigety served as U.S. ambassador to the African Union for two years.

Georgia State Honors the Black Students Who Sued the University to Force Racial Integration

Georgia State Honors the Black Students Who Sued the University to Force Racial Integration

Georgia State University recently honored Myra Payne Elliott, Barbara Pace Hunt, and Iris Mae Welch, the three women who sued for their right to attend the university in the 1950s in a groundbreaking court case that eventually led to the integration of Georgia State and other universities in the South.

In Memoriam: W. George Allen, 1936-2019

In Memoriam: W. George Allen, 1936-2019

In 1960, Allen enrolled at the University of Florida College of Law. Upon graduating in December 1962, Allen became the first African American to earn a degree from any former all-white institution in Florida. 

Two American Universities Join Consortium to Improve Neonatal Care in Africa

Two American Universities Join Consortium to Improve Neonatal Care in Africa

Rice University and Northwestern University are teaming up with international foundations and African educational institutions in an initiative that hopes to improve newborn survival rates by 50 percent over the next eight years in the African nations of Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Nigeria.

Cleveland State University to Launch a Year-Long Examine of American Slavery and Its Aftermath

Cleveland State University to Launch a Year-Long Examine of American Slavery and Its Aftermath

The new year-long project will present a series of events that examine slavery’s foundational significance to the historic and contemporary challenges faced by African-Americans, acknowledging the obstacles that have been overcome while highlighting those that still remain.

Bobbi Knight Chosen to Lead Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama

Bobbi Knight Chosen to Lead Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama

Knight has served on the college’s board of trustees and is the former vice president of the Birmingham division of Alabama Power. She has been serving as chair of the Birmingham Airport Authority. She will begin her duties as interim president on September 1.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

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.

Harvard Sued Over Early Images of Enslaved Africans

Harvard Sued Over Early Images of Enslaved Africans

Tamara Lanier claims to be a descendant of an enslaved man and his daughter that were photographed without their consent in 1850. The lawsuit claims that Harvard continues to profit from the images.

In Memoriam: David Williams II, 1947-2019

In Memoriam: David Williams II, 1947-2019

Williams was the first African American to serve as a vice chancellor at Vanderbilt. He also was the first African American to serve as an athletics director in the Southeastern Conference. Profesor Williams had also taught at the university’s law school since 2000.

The Youngest Black Woman Ever Elected to Congress Eyes Student Loan Debt Reform

The Youngest Black Woman Ever Elected to Congress Eyes Student Loan Debt Reform

Lauren Underwood was elected to Congress from the 14th District in Illinois. Among Underwood’s top priorities when she comes to Washington is to tackle the student loan debt crisis. She supports increased funding for Pell Grants, student loan forgiveness, and affordable student loans.

Wesleyan College Ends the Use of Class Names That Once Had Ties to the KKK

Wesleyan College Ends the Use of Class Names That Once Had Ties to the KKK

In the early twentieth century one of every four undergraduate classes at Wesleyan College, an educational institution for women in Macon, Georgia, was designated the Ku Klux Klan class.

Kentucky State University Extends the Contract of President M. Christopher Brown II

Kentucky State University Extends the Contract of President M. Christopher Brown II

The board of regents of Kentucky State University has extended the contract of M. Christopher Brown II for four years through July 2022. The four-year extension is the maximum allowed by state law. Dr. Brown was appointed the 15th president of Kentucky State University in March 2017.

Washington University Professor Says Schools' Policies on Black Hair Are Discriminatory

Washington University Professor Says Schools’ Policies on Black Hair Are Discriminatory

Several school districts around the nation have adopted policies that prevent students from wearing their hair in braids, twists, dreadlocks and Afros. Kimberly Norwood of Washington University is a leader in the fight to end these discriminatory rules.

Dana Canedy Named Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes

Dana Canedy Named Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, has announced that Dana Canedy will be the new administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. Canedy has worked at the New York Times since 1996, most recently as special adviser to the chief executive officer and executive editor.

In Memoriam: Benjamin Franklin Payton, 1932-2016

In Memoriam: Benjamin Franklin Payton, 1932-2016

Dr. Payton served as president of Tuskegee University in Alabama from 1981 to 2010. Earlier in his career, Dr. Payton was president of Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

South Carolina State University Student: "An Angel Sent From God"

South Carolina State University Student: “An Angel Sent From God”

Reggie Owens, a student and football player at South Carolina State University, witnessed a horrific accidents and was able to rescue three children.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

In Memoriam: Wil Smith 1968-2015

In Memoriam: Wil Smith 1968-2015

Smith was a Navy veteran and a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine School of Law. He was a former associate dean at Bowdoin.

University of Pennsylvania Political Scientist Wins Book Award

University of Pennsylvania Political Scientist Wins Book Award

Daniel Q. Gillion, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the 2014 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Athletics Director at Edward Waters College Retires

Athletics Director at Edward Waters College Retires

Johnny Rembert is retiring as director of athletics at Edward Waters College, the historically Black educational institution in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a member of the 1986 New England Patriots team that went to the Super Bowl.

"Whites Only" and "Colored" Signs Places on Water Coolers at Sweet Briar College

“Whites Only” and “Colored” Signs Places on Water Coolers at Sweet Briar College

The Sweet Briar College campus in Virginia is located on the site of a former plantation where slaves had worked. Blacks make up about 9 percent of the student body at the college.

Simmons College Professor Awarded Distinguished Poetry Prize

Simmons College Professor Awarded Distinguished Poetry Prize

Afaa Michael Weaver is the winner of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award given by Claremont Graduate University to a mid-career poet so that they “can continue working towards the pinnacle of their craft.”