School Daze: HBCUs and the Path Forward

Education is an important contributor to Black progress. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were specifically created as a social change mechanism to provide access to higher education in an era when Black people were excluded from these opportunities. As inherently activist institutions, HBCUs are well-positioned to mobilize students, faculty, and staff in the Movement for Black Lives. In this session, panelists will highlight HBCU engagement in social movements throughout history; explore how the economic impacts of COVID-19 are affecting HBCUs and their opportunities for activism; and discuss how HBCU presidents are leading their institutions in the fight for social change.


Moderator: Lodriguez Murray, UNCF

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, President, Hutson-Tillotson University

Dr. Herman Felton, President, Wiley College

Dr. Hakim Lucas, President, Virginia Union University

Nicole Tinson, CEO, HBCU 20x20