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Despite obstacles, African Americans have been pioneers in education at both historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominately white institutions (PWIs). The History of Blacks in Education: HBCUs to PWIs explores this rich history that dates back to the 1800s. CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux leads this discussion that begins with a commentary by distinguished professor of history and education V.P. Franklin. The panel explores the lives and careers of two higher education pioneers: Johnnetta B. Cole, the first black female president of Spelman College and the only person to serve as president of the only two historically Black colleges for women; and President of HBCU Prairie View University Ruth Simmons, the first black president of Smith College and the 18th president of Brown University, where she established the Committee on Slavery and Justice. The discussion ends with a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers EducationMakers Advisory Committee. Join us for a thought provoking discussion, important history lesson and suggested frameworks for future success of African American students, educators and administrators.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube and Facebook Live at 12:00 noon EST on Sunday, December 6, 2020 as the sixth installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.

Image of Lezli Baskerville
Lezli Baskerville 
President & CEO 
National Association for
Equal Opportunity in Higher Education 
Image of Earl S. Richardson 
Earl S. Richardson 
President Emeritus 
Morgan State University 
Image of Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham 
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham 
Victor S. Thomas Professor of
History & African American Studies 
Harvard University 

Image of The Honorable Joan M. Prince 
The Honorable
Joan M. Prince 

Ambassador Emeritus 
Vice Chancellor, Global Inclusion
and Engagement 
​​​​​​University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Image of V. P. Franklin 
V. P. Franklin 
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of 
History & Education 
University of California, Riverside



Date and Time

Sunday, December 6, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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