A Presidential Discussion featuring four presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) focused on how these institutions have been agents and architects of America’s democracy. The event, held at The American College of Greece’s (ACG) Aghia Paraskevi campus on January 15, was co-sponsored by ACG and the Faculty Resource Network at New York University.
Presidents Billy C. Hawkins of Talladega College, Alabama; Beverly Wade Hogan of Tougaloo College, Mississippi; Haywood Strickland of Wiley College, Texas; and Dorothy Cowser Yancy of Shaw University formed the panel, sharing their perspectives of HBCUs historical establishment – including HBCU’s evolution in American society, their current relevancy and compelling challenges and opportunities for the preservation, survival and posterity of a flourishing world economy and dominant world democracy.
Following the presentations, a lively Q&A session ensued, with members of the audience asking pointed questions that elicited insights from the panel on the future and the purpose of HBCUs.
ACG President Dr. David G. Horner opened the proceedings with welcoming remarks.