My children are enrolled in an international school this year. It’s a private, internationally accredited (U.S. and U.K.) bilingual school with small class sizes — under 20. The children and teachers all wear masks, and no parents are fighting over mask mandates. It’s glorious.

The children like it for different…


I woke up this morning and texted both of my children, who are back home in D.C. visiting their dad and grandparents today. I put on my Morehouse sweatshirt, and every one of my personal and professional social media networks got a variation of the same message I sent my…


As some of you know, I left U.S. News and World Report in May. I spent the summer and early fall consulting for a handful of clients in the educator preparation and education equity spaces, while managing a cross-country move from Maryland to Austin, Texas. …


One of my favorite stories in all of HBCU lore is the story of Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick meeting his wife during Carnival in Trinidad, which he called “one of the greatest festivals on Earth” in a 2014 interview with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb.

Photo courtesy of @HUPrez17 on Instagram

Carnival Tuesday (or Fat Tuesday…


Amelia Boynton Robinson lived her whole life in pursuit of civil rights. Upon her death in 2015, her son Bruce said, “The truth of it is that was her entire life. That’s what she was completely taken with. …


Valerie Thomas’ interest in science was sparked by seeing her dad work on the family’s television set, and furthered when she got her hands on a copy of The Boys First Book on Electronics at the age of eight. But despite the fact that her father was the reason for…


Patricia Roberts Harris graduated summa cum laude from Howard University and went on to be the first Black woman named as an American envoy when President Lyndon Baines Johnson appointee her as ambassador to Luxembourg.

“I feel deeply proud and grateful this President chose me to knock down this barrier…


Ruth E. Carter became the first Black woman to win an Oscar for best costume design last night, taking home the award for her Wakandan designs for “Black Panther.”

A graduate of Hampton University, Carter has been nominated for the award twice before — the first nomination coming in 1993…


The University of the Virgin Islands is the only HBCU to sit outside of the contiguous United States, and now it is the only four-year HBCU to offer free tuition to students.

Last month, the board of trustees approved a set of policies and procedures that would allow th university to participate in the Virgin Islands Higher Education Scholarship Program, which grants free tuition to postsecondary institutions for residents of the Virgin Islands.

Founded in 1962, UVI is a public, co-ed, land-grant HBCU which has two campuses: one on St. Thomas, and one on St. Croix. Students from across the United States are eligible to participate in a semester or year-long domestic exchange to UVI through the National Student Exchange with tuition paid by the student’s home campus.


Prairie View A&M University College President Dr. Ruth J. Simmons was the first Black woman to serve as president of a major college or university in the U.S. when she was named president of Smith College in 1995. …

Autumn A. Arnett

Autumn A. Arnett is an education reporter and editor and an avid sports fan based in Austin, Texas. www.a2arnett.com

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