Monthly Archives: February 2021

New Scholarship Program to Train the Next Generation of Civil Rights Attorneys

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. has launched the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, which aims to support the education and training of 50 aspiring civil rights lawyers over the next 20 years. In return for a full scholarship, students must agree to practice civil rights law in the South for at least eight years.

In Memoriam: Quincy L. Robertson, 1934-2021

Quincy Robinson served on the staff at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia for 32 years, retiring in 1999 as chief financial officer.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

In Memoriam: Dollye Mary Emily Robinson, 1927-2020

Robinson began her career at Jackson State University in Mississippi in 1952 as the assistant band director and instructor of music. After a 60-year career at the university, she was named dean emerita in 2012.

How Hate Crimes in a State Impact Enrollments at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The authors of the study, published by the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis, found that an increase in reports of state-level hate crimes predicted a 20 percent increase in Black first-time student enrollment at HBCUs.

Judith Gay Will Be the First Leader of the New Erie County Community College in Pennsylvania

Dr. Gay has been serving as vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff for the Community College of Philadelphia and was interim president during the 2013-14 academic year. Dr. Gay had planned to retire at the end of January.

Racial Disparities in the Effect of the Pandemic on American Education

About 30 percent of Whites who had planned to take at least one college class this coming fall report they have abandoned their plans for higher education this year. For Blacks who planned to attend college, more than 37 percent have abandoned their plans to enroll.

Alfred Tatum Appointed Provost at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Dr. Tatum was dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2013-20. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007 after teaching at Northern Illinois University, the University of Maryland, and Buffalo State College.

Racial Differences in Union Membership and Wages

In 2020, there were 2,055,000 African Americans who were union members. Some 12.3 percent of African American workers were members of labor unions compared to 10.7 percent of White workers. African Americans made up 14.4 percent of all union members.

Linda Green Will Be the Inaugural Dean of the College of Law at Michigan State University

Professor Greene serves on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Law. She first joined the faculty there in 1989 and holds the Evjue-Bascom Professorship. From 1999 to 2004 she was the inaugural vice chancellor of equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of California, San Diego.

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