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Held September 8 at 7pm
AWAKENING: HBCU RECKONING AND REVIVAL

Join MPT as we explore a variety of films to watch and then have a conversation about race, empowerment, leadership, growth, and more. We encourage your feedback and would welcome your ideas about ways to engage the community.

Have an idea for a screening? Please contact Kristen Penczek at kpenczek@mpt.org.

Maryland Public Television held a national conversation focusing on a contemporary view of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through the eyes of the people who power them. Panelists discuss HBCUs as an important, vibrant, and active part of the Black American experience in politics, economics, culture, and industry. 

We invite you to watch this archived version of the event.

This special event was presented during HBCU Week, part of MPT's “Standing Against Racism: Fostering Unity Through Dialogue” initiative. 

About the conversation

Co-hosts Jarrett Carter, editor, HBCUDigest.com and graduate of Morgan State University, and Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead, host of "Today With Dr. Kaye" on WEAA and founder of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace and Social Justice, and associate professor at Loyola University Maryland, guide us through a powerful conversation.

During this Conversation for Change event, we watch segments from HBCU programs, hear from panelists around the country, and answer questions from the audience in real time.

The discussion includes:

  • How the history of HBCU campus activism is setting the stage for today's students
  • How HBCU communities are advancing issues such as voting rights, healthcare access, police reform, and secondary education improvement
  • How HBCUs affirm students in their identity while developing them as leaders in times of racial and social tension
  • How HBCU communities seized moments to research and develop legislation supporting Black colleges
  • How the country can better support HBCUs
  • and more

Program segments

HBCU ACTIVISM
What are some examples of HBCU communities advancing issues like voting rights, healthcare access, police reform, secondary education improvement and more?

PANELISTS

TODAY’S HBCU
How do HBCUs affirm students in their identity while developing them as leaders in times of racial and social tension?

PANELISTS 

  • Jatiya Stewart, SGA President, Bowie State University, Alana Thomas, VP, Howard Student Association,Ayotomiwa “Tommy” Fashola, SGA President, UMES
  • Ian Finley, former SGA President, Shaw University; 1st year law student at the University of Florida and Chinedu Nwokeafor, HBCU Advocate, Morgan State University alumnus

HBCU POLICY MAKING
How have HBCU communities seized the moment to research and develop legislation supporting Black colleges? What are some examples at the state level?

PANELISTS

THE FUTURE
How should the nation (and the Black Community) support HBCUs?

PANELISTS

Jarrett Carter

Co-host: Jarrett Carter, Executive Editor, HBCUDigest.com and a graduate of Morgan State University, an HBCU located in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead

Co-host: Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead, host of "Today With Dr. Kaye" on WEAA; founder of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace and Social Justice, and a graduate of Lincoln University, an HBCU located in Lincoln University, PA.

Jarrett is the Founding Editor of HBCUDigest.com, an online daily news blog dedicated to coverage of historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States. He is also the host of HBCU Digest Radio, a weekly talk radio program covering societal, cultural and institutional issues at HBCUs, and the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, a national non-profit organization working to enhance HBCUs' new media and media outreach opportunities. 

Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace, and Social Justice, and a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and award-winning radio host of Today with Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9FM. Her work and her scholarship in activism, race, and African American history have garnered national attention and awards. Named one of Essence magazine’s 2019 “Woke 100 Women” changing the world, the “Best Radio Host” in Baltimore by the Baltimore Sun; one of the “Top 100 Women” in Maryland by the Daily Record, and one of “25 Women to Watch” by the Baltimore Sun, she is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in the country. 

 

Facts

  • Historically Black colleges and universities were established after 1865.
  • Today there are 101 HBCUs. 
  • HBCUs comprise 9% of four-year institutions.
  • HBCUs enroll, on average, 24% of all black undergraduates pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
  • HBCUs award, on average, 26% of all black bachelor’s degrees.
  • HBCUs graduate 46% of black women who earned degrees in STEM disciplines between 1995 – 2004.
  • 14 HBCU engineering schools confer most engineering degrees awarded annually to African American students.
  • HBCUs represent only about 3% of all four-year colleges and universities but produce approximately 17% of all bachelor’s degrees earned by African Americans. 
  • First-generation and low-income students comprise almost 60% of the student bodies. 
  • Approximately 27% of Black students earning degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields come from HBCUs. 

Partners: HBCU DigestWHUT-TVWHUR-FMThe HBCU Channel (SiriusXM Satellite), WEAA 88.9-FM

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On May 20 & 27, we partnered with Independent Lens' Town Hall in a Box, to bring you Conversations for Change screening events around the provocative PBS series Philly D.A. See below to learn more and watch those conversations.

Thursday, May 20 at 7pm

Panel: 

  • Moderator: Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead, host of "Today With Dr. Kaye" on WEAA; founder of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace and Social Justice and associate professor of Communication and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland
  • Adam Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle
  • Justin Hansford, Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center
  • Dionne R. Gonder-Stanley, Associate Clinical Professor & Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Clinic
  • LaTonya “T.” Myers, Activist and Bail Navigator, Defender Association (featured in Philly D.A.)

About Episode 8 
Krasner recruits law students to join the next generation of prosecutors leading reform from within. Meanwhile, activists who campaigned for his election make good on their promise to hold Krasner’s feet to the flames, warning him of consequences if he doesn’t accelerate plans to phase out cash bail. The D.A. must decide how bold he can be today without undoing the progress he hopes for tomorrow.

Conversations for Change: Philly D.A. Episode 8

Watch the panel discussion here.


Thursday, May 20 at 7pm

Panel:

  • Moderator: Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead, host of "Today With Dr. Kaye" on WEAA; founder of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace and Social Justice and associate professor of Communication and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland
  • Dr. Yohuru R. Williams, Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, Author, and Activist
  • Keesha M. Middlemass, PhD., Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University and Author
  • LaTonya “T.” Myers, Activist and Bail Navigator, Defender Association

About Episode 7
When an on-duty officer shoots and kills a disarmed Black man as he’s running away, the victim’s family and activists cry out for justice. Krasner’s team scrutinizes the case, weighing whether to become the rare District Attorney’s office to pursue murder charges against a cop. As a decision nears, the police union plans to put Krasner on trial in the court of public opinion. Episode 7 airs at 9pm Tuesday, May 25 on MPT.

Conversations for Change: Philly D.A. Episode 7

Watch the panel discussion here.


Wednesday, March 31 at 7pm
Women's History Month

In partnership with Morgan State University and University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).

In celebration of Women's History Month, please join us for this special event honoring Black women suffragists and their impact on the leaders of today - leaders such as former Georgia State Representative Stacey Abrams, whose voter registration efforts directly impacted the election of Kamala Harris, the nation's first woman of color serving as our nation's vice president.

The screening will include a presentation of "The Ongoing Fight," a co-production of American Experience and Retro Report, which presents the contributions of Black women in the suffrage movement, and where that movement is today. A panel discussion follows the video.

The screening will be introduced by honored guests, Morgan State University president, Dr. David Wilson, and University of Maryland Global Campus president, Dr. Gregory Fowler.

During the screening, viewers will learn more about the Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Endowed Scholarship Fund that is administered by the Morgan State University Foundation, and the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) Graduate Scholarship Fund for HBCU Alumni that is administered by the UMGC Foundation.


Wednesday, March 10 at 7pm
PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools takes a deep dive into the lives of Black girls and the practices, cultural beliefs and policies that disrupt one of the most important factors in girls’ lives – education. The documentary underscores the challenges Black girls face with insight from experts across the country who have worked extensively in the field of social justice, gender equality and educational equity. These experts give context to the crisis and provide a roadmap for how our educational system and those who interact with Black girls can provide a positive rather than punitive response to behaviors that are often misunderstood or misrepresented.

We invite you to watch PUSHOUT and then stay with us for an interactive conversation about the film with the films director, writer and executive producer, Jacoba Atlas; executive producer, Denise Pines; and director of policy, advocacy and outreach with From Prison Cells to PhD, Kimberly Haven.  MPT's own correspondent, Karen Gibbs, will moderate the discussion. 


Wednesday, December 2 @7pm
Shaw Rising

Shaw University started in December 1865 with a bible class for newly freed slaves in Raleigh, NC. Fighting vicious prejudice in the aftermath of the Civil War and the Jim Crow South, Shaw rose to become a coeducational college, later begot a medical school, a law school, and a divinity school. Join us to watch Shaw Rising and engage in a conversation around the role, future, and importance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). We'll be joined by Shaw University President Dr. Paulette Dillard and MPT Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer Travis Mitchell for an interactive discussion.

Watch the archived stream of the conversion here.

Watch Shaw Rising here.


Wednesday, September 9 @ 7pm
Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

This film explores the extraordinary life of Howard Thurman, a teacher, poet and in his heart a “mystic,” and proponent of the non-violent struggle for social change. Jesse Jackson, Otis Moss, Jr and others speak about Thurman’s “spirit” being foundational in their lives. Congressman John Lewis calls him the “patron saint” of the Civil Rights Movement. Actor Keith David voices Thurman’s words. We'll be joined by the filmmaker, Martin Doblmeier for a conversation during and after the film.


Tuesday, July 28 @ 7pm
We Are The Radical Monarchs

A group of tween girls chant into megaphones, marching in the San Francisco TransMarch. Holding clenched fists high, they wear brown berets and vests showcasing colorful badges like “Black Lives Matter” and “Radical Beauty.” Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice

Join us to watch We Are The Radical Monarchs and have a conversation around women and girls leadership and empowerment, civic engagement, politics, government and youth power. We'll be joined by the film's Director & Producer, Linda Goldstein Knowlton for a conversation during and after the film.


Check back soon for future screening events!

Have a question or idea? Please contact Kristen Penczek at kpenczek@mpt.org.