Evening Briefing – March 30, 2021


Former director of Southern’s ‘Human Jukebox’ sentenced to 13 months in prison for misusing money

The former director of Southern University’s iconic marching band was sentenced to 13 months in prison Tuesday by a federal judge who said he “betrayed” the university by misappropriating school money.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson, who said Nathan Haymer must report to federal prison by May 3, also ordered him to pay more than $78,000 in restitution. (The Advocate)

Opinion: Maryland has a long way to go on HBCU equity

The settlement  Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced makes no mention of program duplication. More than a half-century has elapsed since what was then the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now the U.S. Education Department) called on Maryland and other states that maintained racially segregated institutions of higher education to take meaningful steps to provide historically Black colleges and universities the resources and programs to desegregate and prosper. Sadly, in Baltimore and other places throughout the South, HBCUs have been thwarted as nearby White public institutions have expanded exponentially. (Washington Post)

Benedict college awarded $2.7 million dollar grant - ABC Columbia
Benedict joins South Carolina statewide initiative to address ‘Internet deserts’

Gov. Henry McMaster is using a portion of his Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) to fund eight computer labs across the state, he announced at a press conference in Columbia Tuesday. 

The $6 million project is aimed at providing computer and internet access to K-12 students and marginalized populations. The University of South Carolina and Benedict College, an HBCU, are spearheading the efforts. The first computer lab is on UofSC’s Columbia campus and was furnished by Apple, Inc. (Greenville News)

Savannah State University to distribute free hand sanitizer to every HBCU nationwide

Savannah State University (SSU) announced plans to give free hand sanitizer to every Historically Black College or University (HBCU) community nationwide.

SSU says each HBCU will receive enough hand sanitizer for their entire student population.

The gift was made possible from an alumni donation to the school. (WSAV)