HBCUstory Symposium 2016 | Schedule of Events

It’s almost time for the fourth annual HBCUstory Symposium convening in Dallas, Texas at Paul Quinn College on October 31 + November 1, 2016.

Themed “The Will + The Way: HBCUs Reaffirming Their Mission, Redefining Their Vision,” the two-day research and cultural symposium annually convenes historically black college and university (HBCU) academicians, practitioners, and enthusiasts from across the nation.

The symposium’s organizers have vetted papers from HBCU faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni who represent numerous HBCU member institutions and proudly share that this year’s list of almost 30 presenters represent every facet of HBCU culture. Among them are HBCU graduates, researchers, faculty, administrators, graduate students, and yes, even undergraduates.

Former chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at Paul Quinn College Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie will serve as keynote speaker. A 1985 graduate of Howard University’s School of Divinity, McKenzie serves as the 117th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

Previous noted speakers include Spelman College and Bennett College for Women President Emerita Johnnetta B. Cole, Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell, Meharry Medical College President James E. K. Hildreth, St. Mary’s College of Maryland President Tuajuanda C. Jordan, then-White House Initiative on HBCUs Deputy Director Ivory Toldson, HBCU Digest Founding Editor Jarrett L. Carter Sr., and Dr. Beverly Wright, executive director of Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice.

Registration is required to attend and is free for HBCU undergraduates. Tickets are available online at hbcustorysymposium.eventbrite.com and registration includes lunch for both days.

We are excited to be in Dallas with the Quinnite Nation!

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Bahamian-born "HBCUstorian" Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. is the founder of HBCUstory and an associate professor of history at Kentucky State University where she formerly directed the award-winning Atwood Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal. She a dynamic professional historian and a passionate Historically Black College and University (HBCU) advocate. A graduate of the historic Fisk, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee State universities, she is the convener of the HBCUstory Symposium, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture. A passionate believer in the historic mission and future vision for HBCUs, her primary areas of specialization are black higher education and the civil rights struggle.