‘Everybody’s Got Your Back': Life at an HBCU During a Turbulent Year
Photo: Howard University
Lauren Mitchell, The Chronicle of Higher Education
COVID-19 has disproportionately harmed Black communities. And one year ago today, in the midst of the first COVID-related shutdown, George Floyd was murdered. Just before that came the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
Since then, Black students have had to grapple with constant, hard-to-process societal conversations about police brutality and racial injustice. During this harrowing year, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) provided a haven—offering students a sense of familiarity, racial relief, and faculty members who resemble them. HBCUs are places where Black lives have always mattered.