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America’s HBCUs Under Threat of Attack—During Black History Month. There Will Be a Talk Today.

Indeed, at the beginning of February, bomb threats were made at nearly 20 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)—acts of hate that sought to, apparently, impede the learning of students of color. No bombs were ever found, though several threats happened at several different schools in several different states. Including at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, where a man who claimed to be in a neo-Nazi organization made a threat on Monday to detonate bombs at the school. At each school, there were class disruptions that left students feeling anxious and worried. At 12:30 p.m. today, February 8, there will be a full discussion about it all, virtually, thanks to the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). All the right voices will be in the room, including from the U.S. Department of Education and five different HBCU presidents who had had the negative experience that shut down their schools. To RSVP and tune in, click here. The discussion will include the impact of the bomb threats and how HBCUs are planning for the future. To read a national news story about the national issue, click here. And, to learn more about the organizer, the SPLC, click here to visit its website.