Evening Briefing – May 24, 2021


Three HBCU athletic directors resign in one week

Three esteemed leaders of historically Black athletic departments announced their resignations last week; Jennifer Lynne Williams at Alabama State University, Lynn W. Thompson at Bethune-Cookman University, and Jason Horn at the Xavier University of Louisiana.

No details were provided on new destinations for the former directors, who each have amassed dozens of championships across men’s and women’s sports, and successful corporate partnerships for their respective former institutions.

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Tennessee State University explores adding hockey programs in what would be an HBCU first

Tennessee State University announced it is exploring adding men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, a development that would make TSU the first of the historically Black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, to do so.

TSU, in partnership with the National Hockey League, the Nashville Predators and College Hockey Inc., is conducting a feasibility study on how viable it would be to have hockey at the school. Results are expected late fall. (CNN)

More Colorado students attending historically Black colleges and universities

A scholarship agency in Colorado is noticing a significant number of African-American students enrolling at HBCUs. Ben Ralston, the President of the Sachs Foundation, says this year they are awarding more than 2 million dollars in scholarships to 49 students across the state, and Na’Im Briggs is one of them. Briggs began high school, technically, when he was in middle school, earning credits throughout until he enrolled at Colorado Springs Early College. (KOAA)

Dominion Energy Gives $25 Million to 11 HBCUs
Virginia humanities council announces research fellowships aimed at HBCU scholars

Scholars of color affiliated with Virginia State University and other historically Black colleges and universities will be able to apply for humanities research fellowships through a grant announced Friday by the state’s humanities council.

The $500,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will support work by Black, Indigenous and other scholars of color, according to a release from Virginia Humanities. Unlike previous humanities grants, this one will not carry a requirement that the applicant be a Virginia resident or must relocate to the state in order to receive it. (Progress Index)