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Archive for January, 2014

Saluting Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. HBCU Standouts #PBS100

HBCUSTORY

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated (ΦΒΣ) was founded on January 9, 1914 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three African-American men A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown. We salute their Founders  and thousands of HBCU Sigma men whose “cause speeds on its way.”

Phi Beta Sigma Founders

James Weldon JohnsonSALUTING SIGMA STANDOUT – JAMES WELDON JOHNSON | Initiated into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., poet, professor, songwriter and diplomat, James Weldon Johnson graduated from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) in 1894. Co-author of the Negro National Anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” Weldon is also well-known for God’s Trombones and The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man.

Robert Russa MortonSALUTING SIGMA STANDOUT – ROBERT RUSSA MOTON | Initiated into the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., educational leader Robert Russa Moton graduated from Hampton University in 1890. As the second president of Tuskegee University, the school…

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A Black Professor’s Decision to Teach White Students

I share many of these sentiments!!

theotherclass

It’s 2014 and while I’ve never been one to make new year resolutions, I do engage in deep reflection at the start of a new year. Something that has been on my heart (as they say in the Church), for which I am presently developing the words to convey, is my decision not to teach at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

Or rather, my decision to teach at a predominately white institution (PWI).

Because really, I never decided against HBCUs; I decided in favor of PWIs.

I decided in favor of teaching where I would be most effective. In favor of teaching to affect and effect change. In favor of teaching what I knew.

And what I knew was that my life experiences had not prepared me to teach at an HBCU.  In fact, they’d prepared me to do the exact opposite: to teach white students. This is…

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