In the wake of protests following the murder of George Floyd, several historically Black colleges and universities have established new academic centers focused on racial justice.
Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, has announced the creation of The Center for Racial and Social Justice. The purpose of the center, according to the university, is to enable meaningful social change by fostering engagement around civil and human rights, spiritual formation, discernment, and social justice. “Shaw University has been at the forefront of the movement to promote human and civil rights and social justice throughout its history,” said Dr. Paulette Dillard, president of Shaw University. “Creating the Center for Racial and Social Justice at Shaw will honor that tradition, but more importantly, enable Shaw and those who share our values and concerns to carry that tradition and commitment forward.”
The University of the District of Columbia has launched the Institute for the Study and Elimination of White Supremacy in America. Ronald Mason, president of the university said that “White supremacy cannot have its cake and eat it too. America’s success requires a better business model, one that allows human potential to flourish whatever its color or class. Start with the truth. Say that white supremacy in all its manifestations is the problem. Say that white supremacy is evil, a sin against the Laws of Nature.”
Dillard University in New Orleans is establishing its Center for Racial Justice. The center aims to become the leading educational conduit between law enforcement, community leaders, and citizens in New Orleans and the nation. The center will be under the direction of Ashraf Esmail.