Where Everybody Looks Like Me: At the Crossroads of America's Black Colleges and Culture

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A richly reported account of the forces threatening America's historic black colleges and universities—and how diverse leaders nationwide are struggling to keep these institutions and black culture alive for future generations.

American education is under siege, and few parts of the system are more threatened than black colleges and universities. Once hailed as national treasures, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) such as Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Howard University—the backbone of the nation's black middle class which have produced legends including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Oprah Winfrey—are in a fight for survival. The threats are numerous: Republican state legislators are determined to merge, consolidate, or shut down historically black colleges and universities; Ivy League institutions are poaching the best black high school students; President Obama's push for heightened performance standards, and cuts in loan funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

In this tightly woven narrative full of intriguing characters, Where Everybody Looks Like Me chronicles this near breaking point for black colleges. Award-winning journalist Ron Stodghill offers a rare behind-closed-doors look into the private world of the boards of directors, the black intelligentsia, the leaders of business, law, politics, culture, and sports, and other influential figures involved in the debate and battle to save these institutions. Told from the perspective of a family, Where Everybody Looks Like Me shows their struggle to secure the best education for their child. Where Everybody Looks Like Me is a tale of vision and vanity—of boardroom backbiting, financial chicanery, idealism and passion. Here are administrators, celebrities, alumni, and others whose lives are intricately tied to these institutions and their fate—whether they will remain strong and vital, or become a revered part of our cultural past.

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"We've got no time for excuses . . . nobody is going to give you anything that you have not earned."
—President Barack Obama, Morehouse College commencement address

Historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, have long been the bedrock of black culture. They have graduated countless luminary figures, including Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, the Reverend James Forbes, Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, actor Samuel L. Jackson, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and Nobel Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr.

But the 104 HBCUs are indisputably under siege, and whether they will remain vital informs this riveting tale of vision and vanity, boardroom backbiting and financial chicanery, idealism and passion. In recent years, from Kentucky State to Morgan State, funding cuts have forced universities to send home thousands of students, dozens of college presidents have been ousted from their jobs, criminal investigations have been launched, conservative legislators have schemed to shut down schools, and overworked faculty have feuded with bureaucrats.

Chronicling this near breaking point for black colleges, Where Everybody Looks Like Me presents a compelling, tightly woven story of the challenges faced by HBCUs. It features administrators, celebrities, and alumni whose lives are intricately tied to the fate of these institutions—those such as Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., who breathed new life into Morehouse College; Dr. Walter Kimbrough, also known as the "Hip-Hop President," who took issue with rap impresario Dr. Dre's $35 million contribution to an unprecedented $70 million gift to the University of Southern California; and Professor Richard Deering, whose protest of the poor management at struggling Wilberforce University led to the resignation of its president. It also captures the passion and idealism of students such as Savannah Bowen, an academic star recruited by elite white schools who ultimately chose an HBCU. At the center of the drama is Howard University trustee Renee Higginbotham-Brooks's crusade to save the grand dame of HBCUs.

The crisis at these schools threatens to upend more than a century and a half of advances, placing the black community at risk of reliving the social and economic hardships that their ancestors struggled to overcome. Where Everybody Looks Like Me makes a powerful case for saving these schools, while offering a rare glimpse behind the social and economic organs that determine the promise and peril of the race.

About the Author:

Award-winning journalist Ron Stodghill has worked for the New York Times, Time, Business Week, and Savoy, for which he was editor in chief. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Stodghill is the author of Redbone, and his work has been anthologized in Brotherman and has appeared in Slate, Essence, Black Enterprise, and Ebony. He is also a professor at Johnson C. Smith University, an HBCU in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and three sons.

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