News Menu

News
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions

Active Bloggers

HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Will Moss Will Moss
Hampton University class of 1995
Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Lizzie  Weakley Lizzie Weakley
class of
LaMarr Blackmon LaMarr Blackmon
Cal St Univ, Long Beach class of 1992
Kennedy Williams Kennedy Williams
Spelman College class of 2020
Lailah Berry Lailah Berry
Kent State University class of 2020
Kamal Imani Kamal Imani
New York Inst of Tech class of 1997

"HBCUs Are Just As Important Today As They Were 100 Years Ago"

"HBCUs Are Just As Important Today As They Were 100 Years Ago"
Posted By: on August 08, 2008





SU chief says university facing ‘challenging times’

On the job for less than three weeks, new Southern University Chancellor Kofi Lomotey is wasting little time making forays into the local community.

Lomotey discussed the state of education for black Americans and the future of Southern on Thursday with the Baton Rouge Black Chamber of Commerce at the McKinley High School Alumni Center.

Lomotey, who previously taught at LSU in the 1990s, said it is great to be back in Baton Rouge and reconnect with the region.

But he said there is little time to waste in improving Southern and helping fight the “severe crisis” of educating young black students.

“These are challenging times for us,” Lomotey said.

Rectifying problems can only occur through working with the community, businesses and the state, he said.

Some people question the need for historically black colleges and universities in these integrated times, Lomotey said, but “HBCU’s are as important today as they were 100 years ago.”

Most black doctors come from historically black schools as do half of all black engineers, he said. Lomotey touted Southern’s nursing and engineering programs. But he said the school must do more to ensure all of its academic programs are of the utmost quality.

“These institutions (HBCUs) are attractive to (black people) in part because they see successful people who look like them,” Lomotey said.

Black people believe in their ability to thrive in that environment where they are nurtured and feel at home, he said.

One major problem is that historically black schools are “chronically under-funded” when compared to their peers, he said.

“The disenfranchisement of blacks is persistent, pervasive and disproportionate,” Lomotey said, speaking of a nationwide problem.

Black people are too often marginalized in larger public schools, he said, and end up dropping out more. Students who graduate from high school lack the reading, writing and speaking skills they did just 25 years ago, Lomotey said.
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
CRABBY OLD MAN
FVSU receives $198,404 Grant From the Dept of Defense's HBCU/Minority Institutions
Get Prepared For College & Beyond With Dwayne Ashley
AKAs Celebrate 100 Years of Sisterhood and Service
Tuskegee, Alabama A&M meet in 25th Annual Circle City Classic
Grambling State University Holds Media Day
Latest News
Delaware State University cancels nearly $750,000 in outstanding balances to more than 200 graduating seniors

Delaware State University cancels nearly $750,000 in outstanding balances to more than 200 graduating seniors

Delaware State University officials announced today that it will cancel up to $730,655 in student debt for recently graduated students who have faced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. A ...more
Reggie Culpepper • 227 Views • May 13th, 2021
Tennessee Passes Bill that Withholds Funds from Schools Teaching About Systemic Racial Injustice

Tennessee Passes Bill that Withholds Funds from Schools Teaching About Systemic Racial Injustice

Well, well, well... Tennessee lawmakers have just passed a bill that would withhold funding from schools teaching about systemic racial injustice and white privilege. That's right. Schools can pote ...more
Kennedy Williams • 218 Views • May 12th, 2021
17-Year-Old Victory Yinka-Banjo Awarded 19 Scholarships Worth More Than $5 Million!

17-Year-Old Victory Yinka-Banjo Awarded 19 Scholarships Worth More Than $5 Million!

Victory Yinka-Banjo, a 17-year old high school graduate from Nigeria, has received full-ride scholarship offers from 19 prestigious universities in the United States and Canada. Combined, the awards a ...more
Kennedy Williams • 1,384 Views • May 12th, 2021
IBM Extends HBCU Initiatives Through New Industry Collaborations

IBM Extends HBCU Initiatives Through New Industry Collaborations

IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today it has extended its IBM Global University Program with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to 40 schools. IBM is now working with the American Assoc ...more
Kennedy Williams • 72 Views • May 12th, 2021
Clark Atlanta University Taps INROADS To Give Their Students A Career And Leadership Development Advantage

Clark Atlanta University Taps INROADS To Give Their Students A Career And Leadership Development Advantage

INROADS, Inc. — a global solutions provider for addressing community disparities and talent pipeline issue challenges — partners with Clark Atlanta University (CAU) to take their student career develo ...more
Kennedy Williams • 212 Views • May 12th, 2021
Popular News
Louisiana Upholds Life Sentence to Black Man For Stealing Hedge Trimmers in 1997

Louisiana Upholds Life Sentence to Black Man For Stealing Hedge Trimmers in 1997

While this may not be HBCU related news, as an AFrican American male, I had to share this appalling decision by the Louisiana court system to keep a man in jail with a life sentence for such a petty c ...more
Will Moss • 376,295 Views • August 6th, 2020
Apple to Invest over $40 Million Dollars into HBCUs - Time to major in Computer Science!!!

Apple to Invest over $40 Million Dollars into HBCUs - Time to major in Computer Science!!!

On Tuesday Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund stopped by “NewsOne Now” to make a major announcement that could literally change the lives of thousands of HBCU st ...more
Will Moss • 112,696 Views • March 11th, 2015
Blonde Instagram Model Goes Viral for Graduating from HBCU and Pledging Delta Sigma Theta!

Blonde Instagram Model Goes Viral for Graduating from HBCU and Pledging Delta Sigma Theta!

A blonde woman is going viral this morning, for graduating from A Historically Black College while pledging a Black sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. @Blonde_HBCU The woman, an IG ...more
Will Moss • 90,451 Views • November 30th, 2020
Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith to  Donate $50 Million to Support STEM Students at HBCUs

Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith to Donate $50 Million to Support STEM Students at HBCUs

The Student Freedom Initiative announced today a $50 million personal gift from Robert F. Smith, philanthropist and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. This gift matches the initial fu ...more
Will Moss • 65,896 Views • October 22nd, 2020
Kamala Harris Promises to Forgive Student Loan Debt for HBCU Graduates

Kamala Harris Promises to Forgive Student Loan Debt for HBCU Graduates

Harris promises to offer free tuition for low-income students at public and historically Black colleges Democratic VP candidate also pledges to forgive student-loan debt for HBCU graduates who earn ...more
Will Moss • 65,876 Views • September 10th, 2020
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!