Five-Year Project Includes Internships, Training and a Traveling Exhibition of Artifacts From the Universities’ Collections

Ayer Hall, which houses the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University. Photo courtesy of the Division of Communications and Marketing at the HBCU Campaign Fund.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) announced a partnership with five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to enhance their ability to care for and share archives that tell the story of African American and their essential role in American culture and history. The consortium includes Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, Texas Southern University and Tuskegee University.

The project, led by NMAACH’s strategic partnerships office, features:

  • Internships, fellowship programs and professional training for underrepresented groups to establish a pipeline of museum and archive specialists in the next generation.
  • Assistance in digitizing HBCU collections and creating a digital archive in an easily accessible format for academic scholars and the general public.
  • Development of a traveling exhibition drawing on the most compelling collections from the partner universities that will begin at NMAAHC and then travel to the consortium members and other venues around the country.
The Oaks, the home of Booker T. Washington, first president of Tuskegee University. The home was completed in 1900. Photo courtesy of the Division of Communications and Marketing at the HBCU Campaign Fund.

A launch meeting of the consortium was held virtually March 23, Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III and NMAAHC Director Kevin Young spoke at the event and were joined by members of the consortium’s advisory committee: National Endowment for the Humanities Acting Chair Adam Wolfson, Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Crosby Kemper III and Johnnetta Cole, former director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Also in attendance were the presidents of the five universities:

  • George French Jr., president of Clark Atlanta University
  • Larry Robinson, president of Florida A&M University
  • Thomas Hudson, president of Jackson State University
  • Kenneth Huewitt, interim president of Texas Southern University
  • Chalotte Morris, interim president of Tuskegee University

“We are honored to be a part of this HBCU initiative with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and we look forward to all the ways we’ll be able to expand access to the Margaret Walker Center’s collections and ensure their availability for generations to come,” said Dr. Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, which houses over 40 manuscript collections, more than 2,000 oral histories and other numerous historical assets.

NMAAHC’s strategic partnerships office, established in 2012 (four years before the museum opened), explores issues facing HBCUs and identifies ways to strengthen and sustain their museums, archives and libraries. Outreach programs such as the consortium as part of NMAAHC’s core mission. More information can be found on the office’s website.

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About the NMAAHC
Since opening Sept. 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed over 7 million visitors. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum is the national’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. For more information about the museum, visit nmaahc.si.edu or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.

MEMPHIS, TN (Feb. 10, 2021) – FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today a pledge to commit $5 million to four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Mississippi and Tennessee. The initiative will create valuable education and job readiness for students at Tennessee State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, and LeMoyne-Owen College.

The initiative is a collaborative effort among FedEx and each school designed to help prepare students for the workforce beyond formal education. A portion of the multi-year commitment will be used to offer relief support to help students, faculty, and staff at each school who have suffered adverse economic impact due to COVID-19.

“With many students and families struggling right now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our hope is that this timely investment will help keep more students in school and provide future access to leadership, educational and employment opportunities,said Judy Edge, corporate vice president of Human Resources at FedEx. “This contribution further deepens our commitment to creating more equitable communities by breaking down barriers to work and making a sustainable, long-term impact on underrepresented groups.”

This new initiative builds on the longstanding relationship between these HBCUs and FedEx, which includes endowed scholarships at Jackson State University, Tennessee State University and LeMoyne-Owen College; a customized career readiness program established at Mississippi Valley State University; and leadership summits in support of the Southern Heritage Classic for students at both Tennessee State University and Jackson State University.

Today’s announcement reinforces the company’s longstanding commitment to advancing inclusion and empowering economic opportunity in the Black community. Through skills training programs, mentoring, and collaboration with leading national and local organizations, FedEx is focused on making the communities it serves more equitable, helping empower diverse voices, and providing access to leadership, educational and employment opportunities.

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About FedEx Corp
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenue of $75 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively, operating collaboratively and innovating digitally under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its nearly 600,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

Hope Enterprise Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Southern HBCUs and Cities launch the Deep South Economic Mobility Collaborative to dismantle economic inequality

JACKSON, MS – Hope Enterprise Corporation has announced a $130 million commitment from Goldman Sachs, has partnered with seven cities, and nine historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to launch the Deep South Economic Mobility Collaborative (DSEMC). Formed to stabilize and strengthen businesses and communities devastated by the economic crisis, DSEMC is an innovative collaborative that invests in the power of small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Deep South, particularly those from underserved and under-resourced communities.

DSEMC taps the expertise and capabilities of Hope Enterprise Corporation, Goldman Sachs, institutions of higher learning and cities in a unique way to provide access to financing, business education classes, and business support services, leveraging support from the private, public and nonprofit sectors. This comprehensive support focuses on stabilizing and strengthening small businesses, and bolstering employment in a region characterized by deep, entrenched poverty and racial disparities.

“For centuries, racism and economic inequality has thwarted human and economic potential in the Deep South, but our story doesn’t end there,” said Bill Bynum, HOPE CEO. “Equipped with opportunity and the right tools, people of this region can accomplish anything. Fueled by their resilience, and harnessing the collective resources of DSEMC, together we will knock down the barriers facing underserved businesses and communities in a way that has never been done before. The collaborative will help build a more inclusive economy that will yield benefits now and for future generations.”

“Black businesses ownership is a proven way to advance economic mobility,” said Margaret Anadu, Goldman Sachs Partner and Head of the Urban Investment Group. “Goldman Sachs has a long history of building up Black and women-owned businesses through 10,000 Small Business and by investing in Community Development Financial Institutions like HOPE. The Deep South Economic Mobility Collaborative reflects our ongoing commitment to invest deeply in strategies to close the racial wealth gap.”

While the DSEMC is open to all small businesses, the impact of the pandemic and economic crisis has disproportionately harmed communities of color. Recent research shows that between February and mid-April of 2020, 41% of Black businesses had permanently closed, compared to 17% of white-owned businesses. Furthermore, the value of Black businesses in the Deep South is lower than in any other part of the country, underscoring the urgent need for solutions in a region with the highest percentage of Black residents.

“Partnering with the world’s preeminent investment bank will anchor Miles College as the incubator for Black owned businesses and entrepreneurs in our region,” said Bobbie Knight, Miles College President. “This alliance with Goldman Sachs and Hope Credit Union will create a groundbreaking impact and support the next generation for entrepreneurs.”

Through the collaborative, each partner brings unique capabilities and years of experience, and all are passionate about promoting economic opportunity in their communities. Participating municipalities are Birmingham and Montgomery in Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas, Baton Rouge and New Orleans in Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee. Participating HBCUs are Alabama State University, Miles College, Philander Smith College, Dillard University, Southern University and A&M College, Xavier University of Louisiana, Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, and LeMoyne-Owen College.

Projections call for the DSEMC to serve 4-5,000 businesses and support 30,000 employees and their family members while improving conditions in Deep South communities to further Black economic mobility.

To learn more about the Deep South Economic Mobility Collaborative, visit www.hopecu.org/mobility.

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About HOPE
HOPE(Hope Enterprise Corporation, Hope Credit Union and Hope Policy Institute) provides financial services; aggregates resources; and engages in advocacy to mitigate the extent to which factors such as race, gender, birthplace and wealth limit one’s ability to prosper. Since 1994, HOPE has generated more than $2.9 billion in financing that has benefitted more than 1.7 million people in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. For more information, visit www.hopecu.org.

About Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity to providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. To date, more than 9,100 business owners have graduated from the program across all 50 states in the US, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

Initiative to include the creation of Innovation Hubs at select HBCUs and internship platform to help drive diversity within the industry.

The North American business of Diageo, a global beverage leader, is committing $10 million to support 25 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and creating permanent endowed funds to provide financial aid grants anticipated to benefit thousands of talented students in need over the years. Funds will be available for HBCU students across different disciplines and majors, and distributed according to each institution’s financial aid process.

“We are proud to partner with these esteemed institutions and to do our part to help shape a more equitable society by providing opportunities for future leaders,” said Debra Crew, President, Diageo North America. “This initiative further deepens Diageo’s commitment to making a long term and sustainable impact on underrepresented communities.”

The program will provide funds to support students at the following institutions: Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Bowie State University, Clark Atlanta University, Delaware State University, Dillard University, Fisk University, Fort Valley State University, Florida A&M University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Harris-Stowe State University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Kentucky State University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, University of Virgin Island, Winston-Salem State University and Xavier University.

Higher education leaders representing Winston-Salem State University, Morehouse College and the University of the Virgin Islands recognize the positive impact the endowments will have on the HBCU community and its students, across the country.

“Many of our students come from under-resourced communities and the pandemic aggravates the financial hardship to complete their education or could potentially accumulate a great deal of debt when they graduate,” said Elwood L. Robinson, Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University. “This endowment will help us provide first class education and a life changing opportunity to our students.”

“Morehouse College develops men who are academically excellent and committed to leadership and service. This gift from Diageo will help more deserving students not only be able to graduate with a Morehouse degree, but also be equipped to lead and effect change in the national fight against systemic racism,” said David Thomas, President of Morehouse College. “We appreciate this generous donation from Diageo and the opportunities that it will create for our faculty and classes to collaborate with the beverage leader.”

This partnership is a message that the private sector, as the public sector, must come together to ensure that HBCUs are supported at the appropriate level so we can fulfill our special and unique mission to society,” said David Hall, President of University of the Virgin Islands. “This endowment shows how Diageo is embracing a vision of student support and institutional transformation.”

With a goal of helping to change the complexion of the beverage alcohol industry, Diageo North America has also committed to taking a step to build a pipeline of talented leaders through an internship platform over the coming years. The company will provide opportunities for HBCU student to gain valuable work experience at a fast pace that could help them with their future career aspirations or jump-start their career in the consumer goods industry.

As part of this commitment, Diageo North America is also exploring the creation of Innovation Hubs at select institutions to provide students and faculty with an experiential approach and resources that complement traditional learning. The program will include Diageo providing mentorship, lecturers for faculty and students and curriculum development assistance.

Diageo has a long-standing partnerships with the National Urban League, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and 100 Black Men of America. In addition, Diageo and its brands, have a track record of supporting equal representation, social justice and economic advancement initiatives in the Black community.

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About Diageo North America
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s Whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketal One vodkas, Casamigos and Don Julio tequilas, Captain Morgam, Baileys, Tanqueray and Guinness. For more information, visit www.diageo.com.

This new partnership allows Olive-Harvey College graduates to go directly into Chicago State University’s bachelor’s degree program in business administration with a focus on supply chain management

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago State University (CSU) and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) announce a partnership to offer guaranteed admission to eligible transfer students from Olive-Harvey College (OHC), creating a clear path to a CSU bachelor’s degree and eventually a career in supply chain management.

Olive-Harvey College students who complete an Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Supply Chain Management and Logistics will see credit hours applied to their bachelor’s degree at Chicago State, allowing them to start the University’s Business Administration program with a concentration in Supply Chain Management as juniors.

“Partnerships with industry leaders and universities have been key as Olive-Harvey College has built a center of excellence in transportation, distribution and logistics, including a new state of the art facility and programs to match,” said Kimberly Hollingsworth, Olive-Harvey College President. “This agreement will take those programs to the next level — offering Olive-Harvey supply chain management students a clear pathway to transfer to a quality, affordable bachelor’s degree, just blocks away, at Chicago State University.”

“Supply Chain management is a vital component in running many businesses today,” said Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq., Chicago State University President. “Strong supply chain systems are critical for rapid delivery and a flawless customer experience that are key to succeeding in a 21st century economy. Businesses across industries are looking to institutions such as Chicago State University for diverse leaders with an accredited bachelor’s degree and experience to lead their organizations. By partnering with Olive-Harvey College, we are expanding access to education for the next generation of supply chain leaders.”

Olive-Harvey College students like Suzzette Anderson are already taking advantage of this agreement, which will see its inaugural group of students start this fall at Chicago State University. Originally at Olive-Harvey College to earn her GED, Suzzette stayed on as a credit student and quickly took advantage of all the college had to offer — like the state-of-the-art Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Center, which includes a high-tech central store warehouse environment, diesel and automotive engine and vehicle laboratories, and simulated driving faculties. As she worked toward her Associate of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management & Logistics, she landed a job at UPS to get hands-on experience in the industry. Eventually, she wants to open her own business, but first she wants to earn her bachelor’s degree at Chicago State University.

“Leadership matters — and I want to thank President Hollingsworth and President Scott for spearheading a transfer partnership that will help create a more diverse supply chain industry and a more inclusive Chicago economy,” said Juan Salgado, City Colleges Chancellor. “I encourage Chicagoans seeking to enter the growing TDL field to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Both institutions have worked to ensure that the partnership provides a seamless transition for OHC graduates like Suzzette, who will dive right into the core curriculum of CSU’s business administration bachelor’s degree program. To quality for this guaranteed admissions agreement, OHC students must earn at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale for all transferable coursework taken at OHC, and work with the OHC Transfer Center to sign on to the agreement.

To learn more about Chicago State University’s College of Business and its new Supply Chain Management program, visit www.csu.edu. To learn more about City of Colleges of Chicago, including Olive-Harvey College and its Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics degree and certificate programs, visit www.ccc.edu.

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – Philander Smith College and The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law announced on Tuesday, October 16, 2019 a joint-effort to create a 4+3 pipeline program.

According to a press release by the College, the new partnerships recognizes Philander Smith College’s commitment to preparing aspiring students for law school and provides guaranteed acceptance to Bowen for Philander graduates who meet specific criteria.

“Bowen consistency attracts quality applicants,” said Matthew Kerns, Assistant Dean of Admissions at UALR. “With competition to enter the law school increasing, these programs reinforce our commitment to Philander Smith College students and the Little Rock community and ensure that highly motivated graduates have spots at the law school.”

Philander Smith College alumni qualify for the 4+3 program if they earned a minimum cumulative UGPA of 3.40; scored a 154 or above on the LSAT; and have no character and fitness issues that would disqualify them from being admitted to the bar. Prospective students can apply to the Law School through lsac.org. Students must apply to Bowen and satisfactorily complete all admissions requirements.

In addition to this program and other scholarship opportunities, Bowen offers a 25% tuition scholarship to accept students who earned a bachelor’s degree from an Arkansas historically black college or university.

“We are incredibly gratified to be a partner with the Bowen School of Law to expand access to law school for our students,” said Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., President of Philander Smith College. “As an institution rooted and grounded in social justice, we aim to graduate leaders who are equipped to fight inequality. This opportunity aligns with our mission, ensuring that legal scholars will be well-prepared for the front lines of service.”

Bowen prepares students for a variety of careers, including roles as attorneys, judges or other public service leadership positions.

This is the law school’s third pipeline program. Bowen has another 4+3 program with UA Little Rock. Similarly, Philander Smith College has a 3+2 program with University of Arkansas Fayetteville for Engineering and a 4+1 program for Public Health with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

About Philander Smith College

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a small, privately supported, historically Black, four-year liberal arts institution related to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The College’s mission is to graduate academically accomplished students grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better. For more information, visit www.philander.edu.

About UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law provides a high quality legal education that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical concepts to not only function as competent attorneys, public official, business persons, and other professionals, but also to think critically about the efficacy of the law and legal institutions and to work for their improvement. For more information, visit www.ualr.edu.

Middle school male students from Hamtpon City Schools will participate in a three-week program at Hampton University to immerse them in STEM

HAMPTON, VA – Middle school male students from Hampton City Schools will participate in a three-week program at Hampton University to immerse them in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities, starting June 17, and will run until July 5, 2019.

“The Verizon Innovative Learning program was such a success last year that we are excited to bring STEM learning to minority males again this year. Thank you to Verizon for continuing to provide support and the technology to help our youth succeed in the digital age,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

Launched in 2015, the Verizon Innovative Learning program works with Hampton University to help prepare minority male students in middle school for the tech careers of the future. Students participating in the program are invited to learn and take summer courses at HU that provide entrepreneurship training, hands-on learning experiences in next-gen technologies, like robotics, augmented reality, and 3D printing. Following the summer courses, students are invited back to the university, monthly, for continued STEM education courses and mentoring.

This program is free for minority male students from the Hampton roads area. The Verizon Innovative Learning program gives free technology, free access and innovate curricula to under-resourced students impacted by the digital divide to help them realize a brighter future.

“We are honored to continue this exciting program at Hampton University. It is wonderful to see how excited the young men have been in the past, when going through the program, and being introduced to the world of STEM with emerging technology,” said Ms. Marci Turner, assistant professor in the Hampton University Department of Architecture and VIL Program Director. “The Verizon Innovative Learning Program gives young men the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”

There is still space available and interested students are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Program Director for further information at VILMMMHU@hamptonu.edu or VILMMMHU@gmail.com.

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About Verizon Innovative Learning

Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, brings technology and hands-on learning opportunities to middle and high school students in underserved schools and communities. We not only fund the programs, but we also create and administer them in partnership with leading nonprofits. We diligently measure the impact of our work and refine our programs to ensure we’re making a difference. We’ve reached more than 1 million students so far – and we’re just getting started. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizon.com/about/responsibility; or for regular updates, visit Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/VZFoundation).

About Hampton University

Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education, dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. its curriculum emphasis is scientific and professional with a strong liberal arts under girding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality. For more information, visit www.hamptonu.edu.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Fayetteville State University (FSU), Texas Southern University (TSU) and Virginia State University (VSU) have been chosen to participate in a pilot high school-to-college scholars program in a joint initiative of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Strada Education Network, the two organizations have announced.

“Seeing our program expand into HBCUs through this investment from Strada to TMCF will no doubt create a multiplier effect where these scholars transform into business leaders making a significant impact in our communities,” said Fleischer.

According to an press release from TMCF, Strada is providing a three-year, $1.8-million grant to creat the TMCF Fleischer HBCU [historically Black colleges and universities] Scholars Program, which is modeled after the Fleischer Scholars Program established in 2009 by entrepreneur Morton Fleischer, to help academically promising students from economically fragile backgrounds. Dr. Harry L. Williams, the TMCF President and CEO, hailed the new program as “a true capacity-building opportunity for our member schools” that will “provide the pilot schools with tools and technology to bolster recruitment efforts and hopefully achieve the same level of success as the original Fleischer program.”

The program will begin next summer and bring 50 rising high school seniors to a “boot camp” at each of the university sites, involving potentially 450 students total by the end of the pilot, said Williams. The hope is that the program will succeed, and with help from funders, expand to include all 47 schools that are part of TMCF, Williams said.

Dr. Harry L. Williams, President and CEO at Thurgood Marshall College Fund

“We see this groundbreaking program as a true capacity-building opportunity for our member schools,” he said.

The new initiative dovetails with Strada’s mission to support and scale student success programs that help prepare students to pursue successful career paths, said the nonprofit’s president and CEO, Bill Hansen. He predicted that the scholars program will “build on the impressive success of the Fleischer program and replicate it to benefit thousands more high school students in their transition to attend our country’s leading HBCUs.”

Dr. Austin Lane, president of Texas Southern University, called his school’s participation in the pilot program an honor. “It gives TSU a unique opportunity to serve first-generation, underrepresented students in our area,” said Lane. “We will showcase what college is all about and introduce them to the finest examples of entrepreneurship and business in the Houston area. We will partner with the Houston Independent School District and other feeder institutions to identify the most promising young scholars to participate.”

“Most important,” he added, “this program allows TSU to help create future leaders while, at the same time, introducing them to one of the largest and most vibrant HBCU campuses in the nation.”

The new scholars program isn’t the first time TMCF and Strada have come together. In the past, Strada has supported the TMCG scholarship program and leadership institute, and the latest collaboration is the fruit of discussion that began several years ago, said Daryl Graham, Strada’s senior vice president of philanthropy.

Strada promotes innovate collaborations that help underserved students achieve college access and career success, he said, and the evolving missions and strategies of both Strada and TMCF are aligned in that regard.

“We wanted more opportunities in partnership with an organization that we felt very comfortable with,” said Graham. “This was a great fit for us and for them.”