When It Comes to Reopening, HBCUs Face a Double Dilemma — With Higher Stakes To Attract And Produce The Talented Tenth?


It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges

HBCUs are receiving a windfall of support during the Double Pandemic aka COVID-19 + Black Lives Spatter.  Black students are already more likely to contract and die from COVID-19, and as a result of the protests and exposure to one another, there’s predictive analysis that they may be ripe for a surge in contagion.  Are HBCU’s the haven their students need to take advantage of the funding and support for the radical change in their fortunes?  One would argue that there’s more of a need for a strategy to design, build , and deploy a Safe Shelter Laboratory to battle COVID-19 while simultaneously battling the Black wealth gap.

HBCU’s have had a proud history of support from the world’s best minds and hearts, such as the forgotten link between HBCU’s and Jewish scholars. You cannot just throw money at this problem, it’s going to take rapid ideation, development, and deployment to retrofit  the over 100 HBCU’s operations, but are the trustees willing?


HBCU Educators and Workforce recruiters are now entering a new era. Every HBCU institution is looking for ways to create a productive remote working and collaboration environments. Major transformation will be inevitable for those that want to adapt and survive in the “Brave New Virtual World”. Students, Parents and Educators are forced to shift from traditional pedagogy to immersive and remote collaboration platforms. A mindset change is imminent from small sized campuses to large networks such as some of the smaller HBCU’s who need it the most.

Dakar is rallying organizations such as Sinclair Broadcasting, NAB, and SVG to deploy ATSC 3.0 Broadcast standards to create more compelling experiences to those learning environments to supplement the traditional one-to-many zoom, webinar remote learning that is being prepared for fall semester 2020.  If the standards for experiential learning don’t improve for HBCU’s, recruiting K-12 talent will become more difficult than ever to compete with their Division 1-3 counterparts.

There’s already a reputation for HBCU’s being random in comparison to PWI’s.  So the infusion of funding could an endowment that makes HBCU’s the center of the universe for investments using Opportunity zones, E-Rate, and Student Agency.