Black University was birthed by the leadership of black youth from Historically Black Colleges-Universities dedicated to having an equitable, accessible, oppression-free world. In North Carolina we are in a critical time period as the state inflicts regressive violence on HBCUs with Senate Bill 873 (Lawmakers trying to Bankrupt Historically Black North Carolina schools) and marginalized communities with House Bill 2 (Understanding HB2). Youth across the state have been mobilizing across various identities and perspectives. Black University as an organization has developed an anti-capitalism position with the understanding that capitalism is responsible for the oppression of black and brown people globally.
Black University Summit
The annual Black University Summit is held at an HBCU every fall as an autonomous Black space. It is a guiding tool to engage Black students about what a true Democracy looks like. Workshops range from student organizing, capitalism 101, voter education, and strategies for long-term community building. Following the summit there will be asks around civic engagement and collective building. These spaces are centered around decolonizing our thinking, utilizing our current political capital, and fostering harm-free spaces for Black joy. Those leaving the Black University summit will be building with a statewide committee dedicated to holding political and administrative representatives accountable to maintaining HBCUs as spaces for personal transformation. It is vital that we ensure students know the role of HBCUs in the struggle for global human rights. In igniting a Black student movement amongst HBCUs we can more easily leverage our power. We hope to define what black power means to college students and influence all oppressed people to work collectively. It is time to build a future that values the bodies and minds of all people!