Below is one of my dearest friends giving her response to Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’s comments on Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) this week in Washington, DC. As someone who attended Morehouse College, before I served overseas in the Marines. I’m kind of pissed off. An opportunity to create effective unity and collaboration between the African-American community on education and the White House administration was loss. Whatever the message or intent of the President’s meeting this week with HBCU presidents and leaders has been loss. Because nobody is talking about it. They are talking and responding as Ms. Lamar does below. Please read:
Dear Secretary DeVos:
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) were not designed because of “school choice”, they were built because Black Americans could not attend the same universities as Whites during the Jim Crow laws – American laws that disallowed Black Americans from being educated alongside White Americans. We pioneered because we had to. Because we deserved more than this country was allowing us to have solely based on the color of our skin.
On behalf of all HBCU alumni, such as myself, do not discount the hard work and labor it took to create these institutions of higher learning. Institutions that thrived despite discrimination that you are attempting to easily dismiss. Additionally, I’m proud to say my son saw the value of HBCUs and is furthering his education at SCSU.
Bridget D Lamar, MSHA
Proud Alumna of Tennessee State University
To all my HBCU Alumni Copy and Paste this to your status for your support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities on your Facebook and Twitter feeds.