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How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism

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Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History

101 Auburn Ave NE

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Jelani M. Favors lectures on the development and significance of HBCUs.

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The the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with the Baton Foundation, Inc., will host Jelani Favors as he lectures on his publication Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism.

Favors chronicles the development and significance of HBCUs through stories from institutions such as Cheyney State University, Tougaloo College, Bennett College, Alabama State University, Jackson State University, Southern University, and North Carolina A&T. He demonstrates how HBCUs became a refuge during the oppression of the Jim Crow era and illustrates the central role their campus communities played during the civil rights and Black Power movements. Throughout this definitive history of how HBCUs became a vital seedbed for politicians, community leaders, reformers, and activists, Favors emphasizes what he calls an unwritten “second curriculum” at HBCUs, one that offered students a grounding in idealism, racial consciousness, and cultural nationalism.

Jelani M. Favors is assistant professor of history at Clayton State University.

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