Watch Live: HBCUs and the Black Experience in Higher Education


Education is both a goal and a theme in The Black Experience in America: The Course.

With that in mind, I’d like to invite you to the digital audience of a special conversation with the presidents of three historically Black colleges. It will be live today, Monday 10/11, at 2:30 ET, and the recording will continue to be available at the link below. (You can share the link below with others before, during and after the livestream.) Feel free to join us live, or watch later:

This conversation is part of a series I started earlier this year with my friend Jayson Council, whose work focuses on social impact. The March Forth series lives at the intersection of the work I do as an anchor at CNBC, and the work I’m pursuing to close opportunity gaps in society. Here’s the context for The Course:

In The Course, the goal of the material itself is to educate. And from the very first lesson featuring W.E.B. Du Bois, his education clearly plays an outsized role in both elevating him, and helping him to elevate others. In Cycle One, Double Consciousness, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Paul Laurence Dunbar show how education can awaken talents and possibilities.

Cycle Two, How We Got Here, exposes how a lack of information can stymie cultures and groups. Specifically, Lesson 7, Forgetting, and Lesson 10, What Slavery Stole, explore the damage that occurs when people lack access to detail about history and context. And in Cycle Three, False Restarts, we see Du Bois and Booker T. Washington’s different approaches to progress, and how education is central to both.

In this conversation with three leaders, we’ll get a sense of the state of HBCUs, their creative approaches to higher education, and the challenges and opportunities ahead in a digital age.

Download the Premium version of the lesson outline of The Course here for $5. You’ll also find a free version here.


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