Dr. Michael Drake has been named president of the University of California

He is the first Black man to hold the post in the school’s 151- year history.   Michael V. Drake, M.D., has been named the 21st and the first African American president of the University of California in its 151-year history. Dr. Drake succeeds Janet Napolitano, who announced she is retiring in August after leading the U of C for[Read More…]


A black man has been named valedictorian at Princeton University

Princeton University senior Nicholas Johnson has been named the first black valedictorian in the school’s 274-year history.  Johnson, a 22-year-old native of Montreal, Canada, is majoring in operations research and financial engineering. Johnson said he appreciates the encouragement he received at Princeton to develop his academic interests.  He plans to spend this summer interning as a hybrid quantitative researcher and[Read More…]

Governors order schools to close to slow the spread of COVID-19

Schools in 13 states so far have been ordered to close Governors in at least 13 states and the District of Columbia have ordered the closing public and private schools from K through 12 to slow and possibly stop the spread of COVID-19 or the coronavirus. The states are: Alaska, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania,[Read More…]

Jackson State president resigns after being arrested in prostitution sting

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Dr. William B. Bynum, Jr. president of Jackson State University, one of the largest Historical Black Colleges and Universities based on enrollment, has resigned following his arrest in a prostitution sting. Dr. Bynum tendered his resignation as president on Monday, February 10, during Black History Month, to the Board of Trustee of State[Read More…]

Rutgers selects new president

  First black man to serve as president in Rutgers History Rutgers University today named Jonathan Holloway, the school’s 21st president and the first black man to hold the office. Rutgers was founded November 10, 1766. The Rutgers Board of Governors approved Holloway’s appointment during a joint meeting of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. Holloway will begin[Read More…]

Black boys are more likely to be suspended from San Diego public schools

  Black boys who attend the San Diego Public Schools are suspended at a rate of 10.7 percent, which is 206 percent higher than the district average. This represents the highest suspension rate of any racial or gender group, according to a report released today by the Black Minds Project, an initiative of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab at[Read More…]

University of the Bahamas students displaced by Hurricane Dorian can attend Hampton University

University of the Bahamas students displaced by Hurricane Dorian can enroll for free at Hampton University this semester as part of an agreement between the two schools. Students from the University of the Bahamas also will receive free room and board for the 2019 Fall semester, officials of both schools announced. Classes began September 3. Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton’s[Read More…]

What a graduation gift! Billionaire will pay off student loans for all 400 2019 graduates of Morehouse College for Men

      By Frederick H Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Black billionaire Robert F. Smith awarded the class of 2019 at Morehouse College for men a gift graduating seniors and their parents won’t ever forget. Smith, founder, and chair of Vista Equity Partners and a philanthropist announced on Sunday that he would pay off student loan debt for all of the 400[Read More…]

Morehouse set to admit transgendered male students

Students who self-identify as men will be admitted to Morehouse College, an African-American university for black men based in Atlanta, beginning in the Fall 2020 semester, the Board of Trustees announced Friday. “The Gender Identity Policy will allow individuals who self-identify as men regardless of the sex assigned to them at birth to be considered for admission in the nation’s[Read More…]