Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Who Is Going To Rescue HBCU's?

The mission of black colleges is not only to educate students, but also to improve quality of life for black families. When a student comes out of here and goes to law school, that family may never have to see difficult days again ..." — Calvin W. Burnett, President, Coppin State

Where are the black millionaires and mega church pastors to help HBCUs out with their financial issues? Oral Roberts University which has never labored for funding and is only facing a financial crisis due to mismanagement of university funds by their former university president is being bailed out by a donation of 70 million dollars from businessman, Mart Green. When are we as black people going to get committed to saving and preserving our historical institutions?


roslynholcomb February 5, 2008 at 4:47 PM  

Who drew that map? Xavier University is not in Alabama, it's in Louisiana, unless they moved it after Katrina! And there aren't 13 HBCUs in this state. Last time I counted there were only 3, four if you count Oakwood which is an Adventist school, but I don't know if it's considered an HBCU.

Mari-Djata February 5, 2008 at 5:48 PM  

Thanks for posting this. It is sad to think of how all the less financially fortunate HBCUs are faring. I hate that so many memories and legacies are going to die just because nobody cares. Many black people don't understand that if it wasn't for these institutions, we wouldn't be where we are today. I am saying this because HBCUs are notoriously political and they were the wombs where most college educated civil rights activits were born. If anything, hopefully they can become national landsites. It's a shame though.

Mari-Djata February 5, 2008 at 5:48 PM  

*Oh, and I'm happy to see somebody trying to make a change. :-)

BLKSeaGoat February 5, 2008 at 6:28 PM  

What obligation do wealthy black people have to rescue HBCU's? What are the administrations at various HBCU's doing to put themselves in a position where they need rescuing?

What are the ALUMNI associations doing to preserve their own institutions?

I'm all for saving something worth saving, but not for historical significance. If the same crap is happening that placed the HBCU in a mess continues to happen, you may as well throw your good money down a hole.

quarter-life-crisis February 5, 2008 at 7:19 PM  

Thank you for saying something! I am a PROUD HBCU graduate (Grambling State University) and I hate how they view individuals who went to one. If it was not for Grambling, I would not have pride in myself, the woman I have become, and my race period.


tasha212 February 6, 2008 at 12:06 PM  

As a graduate of an HBCU (Southern University), I am committed to seeing HBCU's survive and thrive. I think alot of celebrities may not see the importance of these c olleges, but many black professionals and business people got their start at an HBCU. At the same token, alot of alumni don't donate to the schools they graduate from. Also, state-funded black colleges don't get the federal funding that white state colleges do. And also, the administrators are sometimes corrupt. So, all of those factors I think contibute to nthe problems that HBCU's have.

Naima February 6, 2008 at 12:23 PM  

Clearly the demand for HBCU's has gone down so it would probably be best to decrease the number and increase the quality of institutions. Not only do AA students have big name schools as an option, but schools w/ better facilities than many black colleges.
Many African Americans including college educated ones, are not becoming captains industry that can afford to give a schools 20 million to build a whole department or a dorm

quarter-life-crisis February 7, 2008 at 8:57 PM  

I do not feel that the demand has went down, the view of them has and this is why enrollment is down. In what decade did going to a HBCU seem like a bad ideal? Also how are we going to decide which school closes down?

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