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Why Atlanta College Students and Professors are Chanting, ‘Stop Cop City’

At a rally on Emory University’s quad earlier this week, Maresah Malcom, a senior from Decatur, joined just over 100 fellow students in protesting the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, also known as “Cop City.” Malcom said she came to the Stop Cop City demonstration because the facility is being built in the area where […]

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How Morehouse College Is Challenging What It Means to Be a Black Man

A culture shift is underway at Morehouse College.  The 156-year-old men’s college — among the nation’s most-selective historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) — was built upon the image of a serious, contemporary Black man fit within a uniquely American mold. But now, students, faculty members, and administrators are reconsidering what it means to be a […]

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HBCU Stereotypes ‘Dampen the Light.’ Here’s What People Get Wrong.

Too often, media coverage of historically Black colleges and universities centers on tropes or repeats falsehoods.  The reality is that HBCUs are a powerful and historically undercovered sector of higher education. And in recent years, the sector has notched some critical victories: a surge in applications, additional federal funds aimed at addressing inequity, and a […]

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Violence Isn’t New for Black People Trying to Get an Education

Black educators are on edge amid a flurry of political attacks and violent threats on the institutions, curricula, and books at the center of their work. From the bomb threats on Black college campuses to the legislative bans on teaching “critical race theory,” the assaults on Black learning are raising uncomfortable ghosts of historical efforts […]

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For Black College Students, AUC Was Their Safe Space. Now That’s Threatened, Too.

When Mikayla Sharrieff got her acceptance letter from Spelman College two years ago, she was extremely emotional. “I just remember feeling so proud to call myself a Spelmanite,” she said. “I even cried because I felt like all of my hard work paid off.” The junior engineering major chose Spelman because she wanted to experience […]