Nearly 159 years after the first HBCU was chartered, Michael Lomax, a contributing editor at The Root and president and CEO of the United Negro College, reflects on the value of the institutions in a piece at CNN.
Never mind a recent New York Times blog citing research that HBCU graduates make less money than other college graduates. As the UNCF's president and CEO sees it, there's much value to be found at a black college.
Kelley Williams-Bolar went to jail for lying about her address so that her children could have a shot at a better education. But she wasn't doing anything that many of us haven't done -- including the UNCF CEO'S own parents 50 years ago.
D.C.'s outgoing mayor and his schools chancellor used education reform as something to do to black people instead of with black people. Reform advocates around the country should be taking notes. This is a local story with national implications.
Fenty's schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, made headlines and no shortage of enemies in her quest to revamp the city's troubled schools. In rejecting Fenty, were black voters rejecting school reform too?
The first year of college is the riskiest for African Americans; one out of two black freshmen this year will not finish. UNCF president Michael Lomax points out ways that parents can help their kids overcome the pitfalls.