I’m sitting here watching America burn. Literally. In cities around the country I am watching the protests sparked most recently by the death of George Floyd, but the culmination of weeks of insane racist acts. It probably isn’t good to take all this in, but my spirit is unsettled so I am awake.
The 2020 HBCU Presidents’ Resolution: Write More Than Last Year
At church Sunday (1/5/2020), my pastor Rev. Shawn Anglim at First Grace United Methodist Church talked about a…
A lot of the time I write op-eds during this time of night and later. It is generally quiet in the house and I can get into my flow and push out a solid piece. I thought I would have written more during the second half of the semester after we transitioned to online but I have spent so much time reading and learning about COVID-19 and trying to plan for the future. But I always challenge my peers to write more as we need to hear from HBCU presidents on a variety of issues.
I noted in my January post a piece by Scott Sherman for The Nation in February of 2013, “University Presidents — Speak Out! Where are their voices on the major issues of the day?” In it he says, “Think about it: When was the last time a college or university president produced an edgy piece of commentary, or took a daring stand on a contentious matter?”
Well there has been a number of pieces written by my colleagues these first 5 months. Here are a number of them.
COMMENTARY: Decisions focus on what's best for Claflin and its students
These are troubled times unlike our nation has ever experienced. To be honest, I never imagined waking up each morning…
The Death of Black Superheroes
My son and I are playing Pokemon' on his gaming device and I receive a text message with a video clip. I play the video…
Reopening HBCU Campuses -- It's Bigger than Football
College and university presidents nationwide are wrestling with the difficult decision of whether and how to safely…
Presidential Opinion - The Airport is Closed
HBCU campuses are typically as busy as most major airports. Classes are in full swing, food service is up and running…
Colleges Are Deluding Themselves
The pandemic makes those questions more urgent than ever. Institutions such as mine understand crisis better than most…
The Hard Truth About the Fall
Reopening too soon is not just foolish; it’s reckless.
Morehouse president: It's too soon for Georgia to open up. Here's how we're weathering the storm
David A. Thomas writes that despite rising cases of coronavirus in Georgia, a segment of the business community will…
Spelman College Faces a Redefined Reality
The school, which was designed for the success of black women and cherishes close relationships among its Spelman…