Since the beginning of their existence, Historically Black Colleges & Universities have always provided a space for us, by us – they allow us to showcase our culture, learn and grow together, as well as lean and depend on each other in times of need, just as many are doing now during the devastation looming behind Hurricane Dorian along the east coast.
After its landfall in the Grand Bahamas, Dorian is considered the deadliest storm to hit the island and as of now the death toll sits at 44 and continues to steadily rise.Following the aftermath, the storm proceeded to make its way into the states with Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia set right upon its sights.
Although Dorian’s presence loomed upon the states, HBCU unity continued to reign supreme as colleges and universities like Clark Atlanta, Hampton, and Fort Valley State extended support to those affected by the storm.
Upon defeating Jackson State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Atlanta, Bethune Cookman University found themselves stuck in the area due to the threat posed by Hurricane Dorian. Clark Atlanta University then jumped in and provided a place for the Wildcats to sleep, eat and even work out until they were able to get back down to Florida.
Another instance of that amazing southern hospitality was through Fort Valley State University who opened its doors to Savannah State University evacuees that were fleeing Hurricane Dorian.
Additionally, Hampton University located in Hampton, Virginia is allowing University of Bahamas students that have been displaced by Dorian to enroll with not only free room and board, but free tuition as well.
With more than 100 HBCUs in the United States, predominately in the South, it’s inspiring to see how these institutions are supporting and helping those affected by the storm in the southern parts of the country. It speaks volumes to the unshakable bond between HBCUs that have existed since the beginning of times.