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The Power of the HBCU Vote: Shaping Our Nation’s Future in the 2024 Election




In the heart of our nation’s democracy, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) stand as beacons of hope and opportunity. From the historic halls of Howard University to the vibrant campus of Spelman College, these institutions have long been pillars of empowerment for Black communities across America. As the 2024 election approaches, HBCU students find themselves at a crucial crossroads, with the power to shape the course of our nation’s future. Here’s why their vote matters now more than ever.

Picture the bustling campus of Howard University, where students from all walks of life come together to pursue their dreams and aspirations. Or imagine the spirited debates at Morehouse College, where young minds are molded and shaped into tomorrow’s leaders. From Howard to Morehouse, from Spelman to North Carolina A&T, HBCUs serve as incubators of excellence, fostering a sense of pride and purpose in every student who walks through their gates.

But the journey from student to citizen begins not in the classroom but at the ballot box. In the upcoming 2024 election, HBCU students have the opportunity to make their voices heard and their votes count. And the candidates vying for office are taking notice.

On one side of the political spectrum stands former President Donald Trump, seeking to reclaim the White House with promises of economic prosperity and America-first policies. On the other side stands President Joe Biden, running for reelection on a platform of unity and progress for all Americans. These candidates represent starkly different visions for our nation’s future, and the choice between them could not be more clear.

But the importance of the HBCU vote extends beyond individual candidates and political parties. It’s a force for change, a rallying cry for justice and equality in a world that too often falls short of its promises. In a country where systemic racism and inequality continue to divide us, HBCU students have a responsibility to stand up and be counted – to demand a seat at the table and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

So, as the 2024 election draws near, let us heed the call to action. Let us honor the sacrifices of those who came before us by exercising our right to vote. Whether we’re studying at Howard University in the nation’s capital or marching on the campus of Spelman College in Atlanta, let us raise our voices and make our voices heard. Together, we can build a brighter future for ourselves, our communities, and generations to come.

In the end, the choice is ours to make: to remain silent or to speak up, to sit on the sidelines or to take a stand. Let us choose wisely, for the future of our nation depends on it. And remember, when HBCU students vote, they don’t just make history – they shape it.

We are dedicated to celebrating the rich history, vibrant culture, and enduring legacy of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Our mission is to provide a platform that honors the invaluable contributions of HBCUs to higher education, social justice, and community empowerment. Through insightful articles, engaging narratives, and meaningful dialogue, we strive to amplify the voices, experiences, and achievements within the HBCU community. By fostering awareness, appreciation, and support for HBCUs, we aspire to inspire current and future generations to pursue excellence, equity, and inclusivity in education and beyond.

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Historic First: Morgan Price Becomes First HBCU Gymnast to Win National Collegiate Title




In a groundbreaking achievement, Morgan Price has made history by becoming the first athlete from a historically Black college or university (HBCU) to win a national collegiate gymnastics championship. Competing for Fisk University, Price secured the title with an impressive all-around score of 39.225 at the USA Gymnastics’ 2024 Women’s Collegiate National Championships held in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

USA Gymnastics proudly announced, “Morgan Price is the first USAG Collegiate National Champion from an HBCU!” This historic win came amidst fierce competition from athletes representing 12 different college teams.

Price’s journey to this historic victory began in 2023 when she joined Fisk University’s newly formed intercollegiate gymnastics team. Initially, she had committed to the University of Arkansas, but a compelling question from Fisk’s Coach Corrine Tarver—”Do you want to make history?”—led her to switch her allegiance to Fisk University.

Since its inception, Fisk University’s gymnastics team has attracted significant media attention, featured on ESPN, and enjoyed sold-out meets. Reflecting on her experience, Price shared in 2023, “It is enjoyable to be around your culture. Since we are the first, we have a lot of eyes on us, and our support system is excellent. Seeing the fans and little girls cheering us on was super fun.”

Her team celebrated her remarkable win with a triumphant social media post declaring, “THE PRICE IS RIGHT. Etch her name in the HISTORY BOOKS.”

Price’s achievements continue as she is set to compete in the Individual Event finals on Sunday, showcasing her skills on vault, bars, and floor.

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“Meet Shayna Jones: HBCU Grad & Author of Haymer University Digital Comic Book!”




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Trailblazers in Technology and Science: 20 Leading HBCUs




Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been instrumental in providing quality education and fostering innovation. Today, they continue to excel, particularly in the fields of technology and science. Here, we highlight 20 HBCUs that are leading the way in these critical areas.

1. North Carolina A&T State University

Renowned for its engineering programs, especially in computer science and electrical engineering. The Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures exemplifies its commitment to cutting-edge research.

2. Howard University

Offers strong programs in engineering, computer science, and health sciences. The Howard University Research Centers in Minority Institutions focus on advancing health disparities and technological innovations.

3. Florida A&M University (FAMU)

Known for pioneering research in agriculture, environmental sciences, and engineering. FAMU collaborates with Florida State University to provide joint engineering programs.

4. Tuskegee University

A leader in aerospace science engineering, housing the Tuskegee University Center for Advanced Materials, which develops technologies for the aerospace industry.

5. Morgan State University

Strong in engineering, computer science, and bio-environmental sciences. Home to the National Center for Transportation Management, Research, and Development.

6. Prairie View A&M University

Excels in electrical and computer engineering, hosting the Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research.

7. Jackson State University

Leading in meteorology, computer science, and environmental science, with research centers focused on climate change and environmental preservation.

8. Hampton University

Offers robust programs in marine and environmental science, atmospheric science, and physics. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute provides advanced healthcare solutions.

9. Clark Atlanta University

Known for its biotechnology, computational science, and data analytics programs. The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development is at the forefront of cancer research.

10. Spelman College

A top liberal arts college for women, with strong emphasis on STEM education and research in environmental sciences and health disparities.

11. Morehouse College

Focuses on producing leaders in STEM fields, with significant research in computer science, physics, and mathematics.

12. Xavier University of Louisiana

Excels in the health sciences, particularly in pharmacy and biomedical research. Known for producing a high number of African American medical graduates.

13. Tennessee State University

Offers strong programs in engineering, computer science, and agricultural sciences. Engages in extensive research in renewable energy and environmental sustainability.

14. Alabama A&M University

Known for its research in agricultural and environmental sciences, as well as strong engineering programs.

15. Southern University and A&M College

Focuses on advanced research in engineering, agricultural sciences, and computer science. Hosts the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

16. Fayetteville State University

Offers robust programs in computer science, cybersecurity, and business technology, preparing students for the digital economy.

17. Bowie State University

Strong in computer science, information systems, and bioinformatics. Houses the Maryland Center for Computing Education.

18. Norfolk State University

Known for its engineering and computer science programs, particularly in cybersecurity and information assurance.

19. Delaware State University

Offers strong programs in biological sciences, agriculture, and natural resources. Engages in significant research in biotechnology and environmental science.

20. Alcorn State University

Known for its agricultural research and biotechnology programs. The Alcorn State University Biotechnology Center conducts cutting-edge research in plant and animal sciences.

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Anime in Our Dorms

Jayda J




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Let’s talk about anime. Why? How many people do you know that have anime posters in their dorm? How many people do you know on campus that have a favorite anime? What’s your favorite anime? If you don’t watch it, why don’t you watch it? 

Megan Thee Stallion started wearing her cosplays and all your favorite rappers started calling it cool and now every Black person you know is supposed to watch an anime and get into it. Here’s the thing though…this wasn’t always cool for Black people, but Black people have always been into anime. We are always looking into what the rest of the world is doing because the US tends to make us feel boxed in. And being boxed in by a country that changes its mind by the day whether it likes you or not is awful. Anime comes in many forms but the ones that are the most popular tend to have a protagonist who is the “chosen one” or has emerged from a terrible backstory, and they are sent on a quest to save the day or avenge their oppressor. Can you see why Black folks might be interested in such a story? 

The idea that someone has to go through literal hell to get the righteousness they deserve is extremely cathartic. Long story short, Tanjiro sets out on a mission to heal his now demon sister and become a demon slayer to protect everyone from the pain he’s endured. 

An independent child off to save the day with a noble purpose, that’s already amazing, but the real seller are the incredible fight scenes. A lot of people get into anime for the fight scenes, because they are like no other. Sword choreography, incredible weapons you’ve never seen before, martial arts, magic powers, or anything else you could imagine. One of the most popular anime in the world is just about a pirate, his gang and his goal of becoming king of the pirates. Why do people love this anime? The main character has stretching powers, which creates some of the most unique and incredible fight scenes you’ve ever seen. 

Why do young Black people cling to these kinds of stories and fight scenes? It’s an expression. If you’ve had a hard day, which could mean, not passing a test, getting passed over for a job or an opportunity, experiencing a micro or macro aggression, being misunderstood by your parents, or facing an unrelenting political climate. Once a day, you can put on your favorite anime and watch a protagonist work on their craft, become great and defeat their enemy in a flourish of moves that could leave you breathless. And for those 30 minutes or 2 hours, if you’ve decided to binge for a while, you feel just as triumphant as that protagonist. You also work hard, you are also honing your craft and one day you will be great, proving to yourself and the ones who doubted you that they were wrong. Even though that’s not the point. When you become great, it’s you becoming great in your own eyes. 

“Demon Slayer”by Koyoharu Gotouge

This is where anime shines. There is always another enemy but the anime about the pirates reminds you that your friends believing in your dreams is the best kind of treasure. You may want revenge but Demon Slayer reminds you that there is no greater love than family. Jujutsu Kaisen reminds you that the light you have inside is stronger than the darkness, and it requires discipline to maintain it. One Punch Man is a reminder, not to take life so seriously because you will have to move forward, past those who wish you harm. My Hero Academia reminds you that talent is never enough, you must work hard and constantly improve. That is to “Live Ultra!” And my favorite, HunterxHunter reminds you that even though your parents may not have treated you kindly along your journey you will find those who will. 

Epic fight scenes, cool characters, and incredible lessons make for a genre young Black people have become enamored with. And trust me, there are plenty more than the ones I’ve just named. If you’re feeling low, I suggest you check one out. And for all you old heads, most of them have versions that are in English. Sit with your young person, you might find something you like. 

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Alumni Spotlight

Embracing Excellence: A Salute to HBCU Grads Across the Nation!




In the heart of bustling cities and nestled in the serene landscapes of the South, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) stand as beacons of opportunity, empowerment, and community. As another academic year draws to a close, it’s time to honor and celebrate the incredible achievements of the graduates who have walked the halls of these esteemed institutions. So, to all the HBCU grads, from Howard University to Xavier University of Louisiana, from Alabama State University to Delaware State University, we extend our warmest congratulations!

Each HBCU holds a unique place in the tapestry of American higher education, nurturing the minds and spirits of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. From the vibrant campus life of Florida A&M University to the rich cultural heritage of Hampton University, from the innovative spirit of North Carolina A&T State University to the historic legacy of Tuskegee University, these institutions have played a vital role in shaping the leaders, scholars, and trailblazers of tomorrow.

To the graduates of Bowie State University, Claflin University, and Dillard University, among others, your journey has been marked by moments of triumph, resilience, and growth. As you prepare to embark on the next chapter of your lives, armed with knowledge, passion, and determination, know that the entire HBCU community stands behind you, cheering you on every step of the way.

To the faculty, staff, and administrators who have dedicated themselves to nurturing the academic and personal development of HBCU students, we express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support and commitment to excellence.

As you don your caps and gowns, prepare to walk across the stage, and accept your hard-earned diplomas, remember the values instilled in you by your alma mater: integrity, scholarship, and service. Whether you’re entering the workforce, pursuing advanced degrees, or blazing new trails in entrepreneurship and innovation, carry the spirit of HBCU pride with you wherever you go.

To the parents, families, and communities who have stood by your side, offering love, encouragement, and unwavering belief in your potential, we celebrate your sacrifices and contributions to the success of these remarkable graduates.

And to the future generations of HBCU students, may you be inspired by the achievements of those who have come before you, and may you continue to honor the legacy of excellence and achievement that defines the HBCU experience.

Congratulations, HBCU grads! Your accomplishments are a testament to your hard work, dedication, and resilience. As you set forth to make your mark on the world, remember that the sky is the limit, and the HBCU community stands ready to support you every step of the way. Here’s to a bright and promising future filled with endless possibilities!

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