Hortense Canady's Statement
Historically Black Colleges and Universities have furnished leadership that is a tremendous resource and benefit to the American democracy.
Political, legal and Social giants like: Johnnetta Cole, anthropologist; Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice; Maynard Jackson, first Black Mayor of Atlanta, GA; Nikki Giovanni, activist/writer and poetess; W.E.B Dubois, sociologist/writer; George Washington Carver and many others are products of HBCU's.
HBCU's served as a repository for African-American and American culture. For example, Fisk University and other HBCU's preserved and kept alive Negro spirituals that were created during slavery to move slaves safely from the confines of slave quarters. Where affirmative action programs were suppose to provide fair opportunities for African Americans, HBCU's have always provided the inspiration and confidence that produced great scholarly leaders.
Historically these schools were organized to accommodate newly freed slaves. From the beginning there was a presence of international and ethnically diverse populations of students and faculty. These schools continue to provide excellent educational opportunities for all students.
Hortense Golden Canady Graduate of Fisk University
Former Director of Lansing Community College foundation
18th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc