Morning Briefing – March 8, 2021


LeBron James dunks the ball during the NBA All-Star Game on March 7, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game, but HBCUs were the real winner of the night

While Team LeBron defeated Team Durant 170-150to win the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, the real winners of the night were historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Team LeBron represented The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Team Durant played for the United Negro College Fund. Both funds are non-profits that look to award scholarships and support HBCUs. (CNN)

Kirkland Partner Survives Gunshot Wound During Turks and Caicos Getaway |
A Kirkland Partner’s Journey To A Historic HBCU Settlement

A pair of bills before the Maryland General Assembly could, if passed, bring the state’s four storied, historically Black colleges and universities a historic $577 million dollars that supporters have argued will address long-standing and racist inequities in the state’s higher education funding.

This redress would not have happened without a similarly unprecedented decade-plus of federal litigation, nor without the tenacious pro bono efforts, both in and out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, of Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Michael D. Jones. (Law 360)

Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Jack Harlow |
Louisville rapper Jack Harlow donating $500,000 to 2 HBCUs in Kentucky

Louisville rapper Jack Harlow is making a donation to two historically-Black colleges.

Harlow and Migos rapper, Quavo, each took home the $500,000 prize in Bleacher Report’s Open Run Showdown. Quavo and Harlow won 21-7 in a two-on-two basketball game against rappers 2Chainz and Lil Baby. (WLKY)

How HBCUs are changing the face of business and political leadership

Roz Brewer had only a vague sense of Spelman College as a high school student growing up in Detroit in the 1970s. Neither of Brewer’s parents graduated from high school before going to work for General Motors. And while they insisted that all five of their children go to college, Brewer’s four older siblings had all chosen schools in state. 

But in a meeting during her senior year, Brewer’s college counselor told her she absolutely must apply to Spelman. The counselor was herself a Spelman graduate and thought Brewer would blossom at the all-women’s historically Black college in Atlanta. “She saw something in me and said, ‘You need to go to my alma mater,’” Brewer remembers. (Fortune)