Historically Black Colleges and Universities were established to provide the opportunity for higher education to people of African descent in the era of segregation. The visions, values, and heritages these schools embodied enabled them to chart new frontiers of learning, scholarship, and public engagement for and beyond the United States. Historically Black Colleges and Universities in a Globalizing World: The Past, the Present, and the Future, edited by Alem Hailu, Mohamed S. Camara, and Sabella O. Abidde examines the history and contribution of these institutions in the broader national and global sociopolitical context of the changes taking place in the nation and the world. Collectively, the contributors offer reflections and visions by both looking back and forward to find viable answers to the challenges and opportunities HBCUs face in the new century and beyond. They argue that as the world convulses by the new global dynamics of emerging pandemics, economic dislocations, and resource constraints, HBCUs are uniquely positioned to meet these challenges.
Alem Hailu is associate professor of African studies at Howard University.
Mohamed S. Camara is professor of African studies at Howard University.
Sabella Ogbobode Abidde is professor of political science and member of the graduate faculty at Alabama State University.
Part One: A Rich and Consequential Heritage
Chapter 1: Howard University and the African World: A Commentary
Chapter 2: The Creation of a University: John Manuel Gandy and Virginia State University, 1914-1943
Oscar R. Williams
Chapter 3: ‘The Struggle Staggers Us’: The Institute for the Study of the History, Life, and Culture of Black People at Jackson State College, 1968-1979
Rico Devara Chapman and D. Caleb Smith
Chapter 4: “Art and Activism as HBCU Tradition”
Elizabeth Carmel Hamilton
Part Two: Enduring and Evolving Roles of Hbcus
Chapter 5: “Keeping It Real” on the Decline of HBCU Student Enrollment: A Content Analysis on Rhetoric in Practice
Ivon Alcime; Ashla Hill Roseboro; and Carlos Morrison
Chapter 6: 21st Century HBCU Students: Living in An Era of Oppression
Chapter 7: Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Laboratories for Social and Political Activism
Regina M. Moorer
Part Three: Paradigm Shift and Expanding Possibilities
Chapter 8: Academic Outbreak: Safety, Psychosocial, Enrollment, And Learning Challenges Facing HBCU As a Result Of Covid-19
Patrice W. Glenn Jones
Chapter 9: HBCUs and Medicine: The Struggle for Survival in an Evolving World
Tabitha S.M. Morton; Tamika Baldwin-Clark; and Tiffany Thomas
Chapter 10: March to Save Black Colleges: Tony Brown’s Black College Day 1980 and the Establishment of the White House Initiative on HBCUs
Cheryl E. Mango
Chapter 11: Critical Reflections on Race, Social Justice and Historically Black Colleges and Universities
About the Contributors
About the Editors
"Historically Black Colleges and Universities in a Globalizing World is an impressive collection of interdisciplinary chapters that underscores the transformative agency and challenges of HBCUs in higher education, knowledge production, and dissemination, and as catalysts in the development of human capital and sociopolitical activism in the United States and across the globe. It is highly recommended."
"Historically Black Colleges and Universities in a Globalizing World: The Past, the Present, and the Future, not only serves as an introduction to those who may not know much about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), but also serves a reminder to others about their value, importance, and relevance, in the twenty-firstcentury and beyond. What is important to note about this book is that it offers an international perspective of HBCUs and the impact its attendees and graduates have on countries around the globe and in America. Moreover Historically Black Colleges and Universities in a Globalizing World: The Past, the Present, and the Future, offers insight on what HBCUs can do to ensure their survival, so they can continue to shape American society and the world."
"This book comes at a time when we are seeing the resurgence of interest in HBCUs, which calls for scholarship that explores their histories and significance, especially in African American communities. HBCUs have always been a hub of Black intellectual and social activity, and this text explores the legacies of several key HBCUs. One of the few texts to explore the connections between HBCUs and the African continent, this book also explores the role of HBCUs in the Civil Rights and social justice struggles in America."