9 HBCU Students Just Made the Voter-ID War Hot Again – The Root

The voter-ID war just opened up a huge new front. This time in Tennessee. A group of nine students from HBCUs Fisk and Tennessee State have filed a federal lawsuit against the Volunteer State’s heavily contested and controversial voter-ID law.

The suit was filed by the Nashville Student Organizing Committee, a coalition of student activists established in February 2014. The plaintiffs were all disallowed from voting in 2014 because they carried student IDs as identification. NSOC retained the Washington, D.C.-based Fair Elections Legal Network, which then partnered with the local Nashville-based firm Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison as part of a legal project to restore student voting rights in the state. (Source: Read more)

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Report Reveals 10 States Have Withheld Over $50 Million in HBCU Funding

The Political Agitator response: This does not come as a surprise to me.

A report released by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) reveals several states that are home to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have withheld nearly $57 million in funding that was designated for the institutions.

Between 2010 and 2012, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida and Delaware reportedly did not allocate proper funds to some of the minority institutions within their state.  Under the Morrill Act of 1890, which established 18 black land-grant universities, the federal government committed to providing financial support to these institutions as long as the state matched that support. While the United States Department of Agriculture continues to provide federal funding to land grant institutions, APLU’s report finds disparities in states matching funds for land grant HBCUs versus predominantly white colleges and universities. When it came to HBCUs, the institutions received more than $244 million from USDA, while states matched just over $188 million. Under congressional mandate, states are not penalized if they cannot or refuse to fund the schools, leaving HBCUs with the responsibility to match the funds up to 50 percent in order to keep the federal allocation. However since 2008, more than 50 percent of HBCU Land Grant schools have applied to be waived of this requirement. (Source: Read more)

Gov. McCrory’s proposals places North Carolina’s HBCU’s at risk

Monday, March 25, 2013

Gov. McCrory’s proposals places North Carolina’s HBCU’s at risk

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Citizens of North Carolina should pay close attention to moves being made by Governor Pat McCrory. If implemented, access to higher education will become more complicated for those who need it the most.

Gov. McCrory, and the Republican controlled state legislature, is positioned to alter the way UNC System in a way that could dramatically impact the systems historically black colleges and universities and schools in low density areas. The plan is being pitched as a cost saving measure, but will send a significant number of North Carolinians to receive recently reduced unemployment benefits.

Gov. McCrory’s budget recommends $138 million in cuts to the UNC system next fiscal year. The proposed cuts follow the $400 million in budget reduction the system absorbed in the budget two years ago. When factoring the cuts from the previous budget, the loss to the system is $241 million.

Gov. McCrory’s budget plans to spend $63 million over a two year period on the system’s Strategic Directions initiatives. The plan seeks to align educational needs with the marketplace. It’s the talk related to the plan that has many troubled about the future of the UNC system. Discussions about downsizing and merging schools have led to concerns that a few of North Carolina’s HBCU’s are at risk of being closed or merged with other schools in the system.

Most at risk is Elizabeth City State University. The plan could result in the school being downsized to a community college or merged with another school. Also at risk is the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Pembroke serves a large Native American population, and closing the school would result in making it more difficult for students in the area to find a place to attend.

Pembroke may merge with Fayetteville State University. There’s talk of merging North Carolina A&T University with the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The common theme is an attack on North Carolina’s HBCU’s.

The concern follows recent appointments to the UNC Board of Governors. The appointment of a majority of Republicans with business backgrounds has fueled concerns that the system will be managed like a business charged with the mission to downsize to maximize the bottom line interest. Also missing are members with strong ties to the systems HBCU’s. The lack of diversity on the board exposes the HBCU’s to major changes.

The plan will have grave implications to those students who seek to enroll in programs targeted for being unessential in a changing economy. Students seeking a liberal arts education may be forced to consider options outside the public education system. Students with the resources to attend competitive private liberal arts schools will not be impacted by the change. Those students in search of training outside the purview of the UNC master plan will be forced to make options that may not fit their area of interest.

There are serious questions regarding the motives behind proposed changes. The state expects 3.6 percent revenue growth next year. The system is not in dire need of radical changes at this time. Republicans are intent on raising discussions devoid of significant reason to justify the need. It can be assumed that this is an attack on North Carolina’s public education system, and, more specifically, an attack to undermine efforts to attract more minorities into higher education.

This is certainly an assault on liberal arts education. It will result in the loss of jobs and will negatively impact communities with economies dependent of a university or college. It will shift the way we view education and force students into making decisions rooted in economics versus the desire to follow their true interest. Many will conclude there is nothing wrong with forcing students to make practical decisions.

Efforts to make NC system a glorified technical school should be fought. The key is in providing options for those seeking to match their skills with interest. The goal should always be to grant people a place to celebrate history, embrace culture and connect with the best we have as a state.

This is not a business. We are not making workers. Hopefully, we are preparing all students to think.

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Press Release: BLACK COLLEGE ALUMNI JOIN FORCES TO EDIT GROUNDBREAKING ANTHOLOGY DETAILING THE HBCU EXPERIENCE

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July 6, 2011

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BLACK COLLEGE ALUMNI JOIN FORCES TO EDIT GROUNDBREAKING ANTHOLOGY DETAILING THE HBCU EXPERIENCE

"HBCU EXPERIENCE – THE BOOK" WILL SHOWCASE 101 ESSAYS BY HBCU GRADS HIGHLIGHTING ALL ASPECTS OF BLACK COLLEGE LIFE

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2011

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — In an effort to highlight the history, relevance and impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Black college alumni Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree and Christopher D. Cathcart have joined forces to edit HBCU Experience – The Book, a collection of essays showcasing all aspects of Black college life. The groundbreaking anthology will chronicle undergraduate realities such as dating and relationships, dorm living, road trips, pledging fraternities and sororities, student activism and leadership, athletics and much, much more.

"While many are familiar with some of the famous Black college graduates like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,Thurgood Marshall, Nikki Giovanni and countless others whose lives have helped shape this nation, we often discount the impact their HBCU experiences had in shaping them. Beyond that, there are thousands of less heralded but equally inspiring stories that deserve to be told; stories about how the Black college experience has impacted lives in ways that still resonate today. Our goal with HBCU Experience – The Book is to help share some of these first-hand accounts with the world," says Cathcar.

Tyree and Cathcart will amass 101 stories from graduates of HBCUs (or individuals who attended a Black college for at least four years) detailing these unique, undergraduate experiences while further emphasizing the still vital role these institutions have in our society. Writers may hail from any of the 100-plus HBCUs and be any age, gender or ethnicity. The 250-500 word essays will range in tone from the light and humorous to the serious and insightful, with the common thread being that they are genuine and engaging. The submission deadline is September 30, 2011; and plans call for the book to be available for Black History Month in 2012. Individuals may also submit photographs of their Black college experiences for inclusion in the book.

"From the ones I attended to the one where I currently work, my life is and has been profoundly shaped by my experiences at HBCUs. I believe in and applaud their abilities to develop and nurture the minds of African-Americans in a way that is unparalleled in predominately white institutions," Dr. Tyree says. "There are unique experiences and cultures within HBCUs, and I am hoping this book will be a groundbreaking and much-needed firsthand account of how HBCUs have changed the lives of and influenced so many in this country."

In keeping with the theme of celebrating and supporting Black colleges and Black college graduates, the editors have retained the services of the Law Offices of Manotti L. Jenkins, LTD. (www.MLJLawOffices.com) to oversee all legal matters pertaining to the anthology; Mr. Jenkins, a nationally recognized attorney, is a Howard University graduate. Efforts will be made, when and where appropriate, to engage other HBCU grads in the development and presentation of HBCU Experience – The Book.

For more information about HBCU Experience – The Book, including the submission process, please visit www.BlackCollegeBook.com. For press inquiries , please contact Rianna Felder at Media@Blackcollegebook.com.

About HBCU Experience – The Book
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have a rich legacy in the United States and graduates of these institutions have made and continue to make major contributions to the history and climate of this country. Co-edited by Black college alumni Dr. Tia Tyree and Christopher D. Cathcart, HBCU Experience – The Book will celebrate this legacy and the experiences of those who attended HBCUs. Further, with the debate still raging over the relevance and need for HBCUs in the new millennium, this collection of essays will help showcase the unique experiences of HBCU graduates, highlight the important need for these institutions and accentuate the overall benefits of having an HBCU education.

About Dr. Tia Tyree
Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree is an Assistant Professor at Howard University within the Department of Journalism. She is currently the Public Relations Sequence Coordinator for the Department of Journalism, and she teaches several courses, including Introduction to Public Relations, PR Writing II, PR Writing I, SR: Event Planning, SR: Friends, Followers and Social Media and CapComm Lab. In addition to teaching, her research interests include hip-hop, rap, pop culture, film and African-American representations in the media. She is a graduate of both Morgan State University (Bachelor of Arts, 1995) and Howard University (Ph.D. Mass Communications and Media Studies, 2007).

About Christopher D. Cathcart
Christopher D.arren Cathcart is a published author; public relations, marketing/brand development expert and a noted social entrepreneur. In 1995, Cathcart founded OneDiaspora Group, a Los Angeles and Washington, DC-based PR/communications consulting firm. He has more than 23 years of public relations experience, having been an executive at such companies as CNN, Motown Records and Warner Bros. Television, among others.

His first book, The Lost Art of Giving Back, a how-to guide to volunteerism, was published in 2007. Cathcart also founded Ledge magazine, the nation’s first and only HIV/AIDS online publication by and for Black college students. He is a graduate of Howard University (Bachelor of Arts, 1986).

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