Howard University Professor William Southerland Challenges More Corporations To Go Bigger Than A One-Time Gift When Supporting HBCUs
Historically Black Colleges and Universities have long been at the center of economic development within the Black community by educating our country’s best and brightest and providing a host of employment opportunities.
In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic 2020murder, many corporations made promises to donate to our HBCUs as a way to show their solidarity with the Black community. Now more than two years later, while some of those promises have never materialized, some companies have invested in the futures of HBCUs and by default, the futures of our communities, by not only making a financial contribution, but also providing resources, opportunities and more. Morehouse and Spelman Colleges teamed up with MasterCard to launch the Center for Black Entrepreneurship (CEB), while Bank of America partnered with Howard University to open the Center for Applied Data Science and Analytics. Speaking on a panel presented by Mastercard on the Wealth & Power stage during the 2022 ESSENCE Festival of Culture, CEB Director Melissa L. Bradley emphasized that deep-seated corporate partnerships like these go beyond just the money.