Morning Briefing – April 19, 2021


FAMU Alumna Kimberly Godwin Named ABC News President
FAMU Alumna Kim Godwin named head of ABC News

Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna Kimberly Godwin has been named president of ABC News, the Disney company announced Wednesday.

Godwin, who has been executive vice president of news at CBS News since 2019, will oversee editorial and business operations for broadcast, digital, streaming, and audio news across the network, which includes trusted and iconic franchises “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” “20/20,” “Nightline,” “The View,”  “This Week,” and FiveThirtyEight. (Florida A&M University)

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Clark Atlanta launches executive leadership training institute

Today, Clark Atlanta University and higher education stakeholders announced the launch of the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) at CAU. The groundbreaking initiative will serve as an incubator for recruiting and developing the future presidents of over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The first program of its kind, ELI will help preserve and strengthen HBCUs as a hub for education, opportunity and uplift in the Black community. The effort is supported by The Rich Foundation, Inc., Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Toyota, Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), and a distinguished group of business leaders, educators and philanthropists. Interested participants may apply online beginning April 15, 2021. (PR Newswire)

The continuing legacy of HBCUs’ faith-based foundings

Education and worship have always been closely intertwined in the black community, Keels points out. However, they were both illegal for enslaved black people in America. Believers met in secret in remote areas, hush harbors, far from prying eyes. They hosted whispered worship services where they would gather—at great risk—in order to honor God and encourage one another.

These whispered gatherings, Keels explains, served as a “springboard into planning for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Black folks know that the origins [of HBCUs] began in faith and that faith became the primary reason for learning.” (Christianity Today)

Gaines Hall is boarded up and deserted at Morris Brown College, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in Atlanta.
Morris Brown’s reaccreditation could signal more longevity among HBCUs

It is no secret that at some point, something went very wrong at Morris Brown College. It was a disappointing, though not unfamiliar story. A school with a dedicated faculty and loyal students had run into financial challenges that eventually made it impossible to operate.

On April 13, the historically Black college in Atlanta became an official candidate to regain accreditation, an accomplishment 20 years in the making. The school’s accreditation was revoked in 2002 due to debt and financial mismanagement. (CNN)