Dr. Julianne Malveaux has face value, name recognition, and a competence in the issues of women, Black people, and Black women. So I thought that she was the perfect fit for Bennett College for Women -- an HBCU.
It was, however, a radio interview from the economist and public intellectual that I learned that heading a college involves, in large part, fundraising. By that time, she had left the college after what seemed to be a brief presidency.
Malveaux gave one account of a student whose mother asked Malveaux's permission to live with her daughter in the dorm. "No, ma'am!" she said. "No, you canNOT" (or words to that effect).
Similarly, there's a Cheyney student who doesn't have available, suitable housing or housing in commutable distance going into finals or winter break. However, I learned today that the university has a Student Housing Fund.
Please join the #CheyneyChallenge, a monthly donation campaign for America's first HBCU. Today I made my most recent donation of $18.37 to the Student Housing Fund in particular.
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The Cheyney Challenge is an initiative of alumnus Mr. Bright. I committed to it on WURD's Radio Courtroom in 2015, and began donating the following year.