Why It’s Time for a New Generation of HBCU Grads to Become National Leaders
Walter Kimbrough, The Hechinger Report
With his historic win in Georgia to become the state’s first Black senator, the Rev. Raphael Warnock reinforced a narrative building over the past few years: A new generation of leaders has emerged from the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities.
HBCUs are uniquely equipped to train new leaders for a nation grappling with a pandemic of racism. Like the HBCU graduates who were inspired by civil rights leaders, today’s students will call a new set of names heroes. They are being shaped by the successes of political and social leaders like Warnock, Keisha Lance Bottoms, LaToya Cantrell, Randall Woodfin, and Chokwe Lumumba.
And, today, they will witness one of their own, Kamala Harris, become the first woman and first woman of color to hold the country's second-highest office.