Derrick Johnson, President and CEO NAACP

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University of Missouri introduces its new discussion series entitled, “A Dream Fulfilled: The Presidential Lecture Series,” an initiative by President Jerald Jones Woolfolk in moving Lincoln as a 21st Century HBCU. This discussion series will begin with the institution’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program.

The event will premiere on Thursday, January 31 at 6 p.m. in the Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium in Richardson Fine Arts Center on campus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. The featured speaker is Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of NAACP.

According to a press release by the University, Johnson, a graduate of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi and the South Texas College of Law, most previously served as Vice Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors before being named to his current position in October 2017. He also served as state President for the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP. As an activist, he has devoted his time to defending the rights and improving the lives of the residents of Mississippi Access to Justice Commission and as Chair of the Mississippi Governor’s Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal, which was formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Johnson is the founder of One Voice Inc., an organization that provides civic engagement training for African Americans. In academia, he has served as an guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and as an adjunct professor at Tougaloo College.

“A Dream Fulfilled: The Presidential Lecture Series” will feature nationally renowned speakers monthly from January through April. This unique college series, hosted by Lincoln University, showcases well-known scholars, entertainers, politicians, authors, motivational speakers and activists who deliver messages that resonate with the millennial generation. The series is designed to equip and empower students to overcome the economic, social, cultural, and political challenges of today, as they prepare to reshape the fabric of America as leaders of tomorrow.

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About Lincoln University of Missouri

Lincoln University of Missouri is a historically black, 1890 land-grant, public, comprehensive institution that provides excellent educational opportunities including theoretical and applied learning experiences to a diverse population within a nurturing, student-centered environment. For information, visit www.lincolnu.edu.

In response to Wendy Williams controversial anti-HBCU and NAACP comments, it’s a 50 percent between acceptance and non-acceptance of her apology for her actions from the persons affected.

If you are not aware of what’s happening, Wendy Williams, host of the nationally syndicated television talk show, the Wendy Williams Show, referred to Jesse Williams’s political speech at the BET award during her ‘Hot Topics’ segment on July 7. She said:

“I would be real offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for white people, only? There the NAACP.”

The remarks strongly offended persons of the Black community, which caused Chevrolet to pull out as a sponsor of the talk show and TV One host Roland Martin to publicity criticized her for the lack of knowledge and understanding of the history of NAACP and HBCU’s.

 

HBCU’s are institutions of higher education that were established before 1964 with the intention in primary serving the African -American community. The purpose of HBCU’s is to train the Black race to become teachers and teach other blacks or freedman who were just broken from slavery. Today HBCU’s serve a diverse population allowing admission to all races.

In my response to Wendy Williams statement; every person is not perfect and every person is entitled to their own opinion towards how they feel and think about situations as well as of what they support. I do accept Wendy’s apology but I would also hope that man categorization will not continue to shape her mind regarding race. God did not create us to vision “Historically White” nor “Historically Black” of any institution. Though our race went through what they “our ancestors” have experienced, HBCU’s were created in response.

As I am not prejudice, no matter which type of institutions we have, the meaning to all should be about teaching one another so that the persons attending could receive the proper education. My culture is Pro HBCU, and I will forever support HBCU.

TV One host Roland Martin appear as a guest yesterday on the show to school Williams, explaining the history of Black people in America, NAACP and how relevant HBCU’s are today in America. Watch the conversation below.

 

 

In results to the events that are happening across the nation and right in our communities today. I hope that the views on HBCU’s are dynamically changed and the support of these institutions are treated crucially not just from students and alumni but from all communities of all races. I call them the “backbone” institutions of America because they hold such a key value within high ed.

HBCU’s are in need of support physically, financially and socially from all kind and all it takes for you to are the following;

1. Do research on HBCU’s and pick a few institutions to do research about their history and educational accomplishments.
2. Visit and take a tour of an HBCU campus.
3. Give or Give back to one financially and physically, even if you just recruit students. That is a form of giving back. Visit an HBCU website and give a donation today.
4. Socially promote HBCU’s, social media is the future key to today’s society and the more you promote HBCU’s on social media the more you are giving a positive perspective on how outstanding HBCU institutions are.