HBCUstory welcomes talented historians, researchers, writers, artists, photographers and videographers as contributors. All proposed content should address some aspect of the themes of HBCU service and/or sacrifice, which are central to the HBCU tradition. Written content should range between 550 – 1000 words. While it is preferable that content must be original in nature, it may be subsequently posted elsewhere with proper attribution to its HBCUstory publishing. Photography should accompany submissions. Prospective contributors should submit a single paragraph overview describing your blog topic to Executive Editor Crystal A. deGregory, PhD via email at


Crystal deGregory Headshot 2012Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. is a professional historian and passionate HBCU advocate. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she is a graduate of the historic Fisk University ’03, and received her master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee State University, ’14 where she formerly taught in the department of history, geography and political science. She is editor-in-chief of The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture. She is also a regular contributor to HBCU Digest, is a co-host of Black Docs radio show, and offers a wide-range of expertise on multiple topics including history, culture, education, black fraternity and sorority life, and of course HBCUs. Follow her on twitter at @HBCUstorian, visit her website at, or contact her via email at

Marshall LatimoreMarshall A. Latimore is an all-platform journalist, specializing in visual and multimedia presentation. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he is executive editor of Stay of the Go magazine, an alternative weekly for progressive and informed millennials of color. Marshall honed his skills as a student and communications coordinator at Tennessee State University, where he studied print journalism and speech communications. Follow him on instagram at @mpactmedia.


Anelle Alfred HeadshotAnelle S.J. Alfred, MBA, Ph.D. is a higher education administrator at within the private sector of education. Her dissertation research was titled “The Impact of Shifting Funding Levels on the Institutional Effectiveness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” A two-time honored alumna from Florida A&M University, she also holds a Master of Education degree from Florida Atlantic University. Her areas of research interest include strategic leadership, institutional effectiveness and strategic planning at HBCUs, the perceptions of HBCU stakeholders in complex environments, and Caribbean student experiences within American higher education.

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