Atlanta perspectives on Black colleges during HBCU Week

Graduates at Spelman College commencement on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at the Georgia International Convention Center.  (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Graduates at Spelman College commencement on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at the Georgia International Convention Center. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

HBCU Week was celebrated Sept. 24-28.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a series of guest columns that examine the role of historically Black colleges and universities and the challenges that face them.

The White House hosted the 2023 National HBCU Week Conference in Arlington, Virginia, this week with the theme of “Raising the Bar: Forging Excellence through Innovation & Leadership.” The AJC guest columns also speak to those themes.

Here are the columns:

Thurgood Marshall College Fund CEO and President Harry Williams: If high court doesn’t value diversity, corporate America should

Morehouse College President David Thomas: Court ruling shows need for Atlantans to support area’s HBCUs

Spelman College Provost Pamela Scott-Johnson: At HBCUs, Black students are seen, heard and inspired

Clark Atlanta University President George T. French Jr.: HBCUs foster entrepreneurship and job creation and change lives

Former HBCU president Walter Kimbrough: Care needed in selecting, then supporting HBCU presidents

Morris Brown College President Kevin James: Colleges should be more flexible with nontraditional students

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