HBCU Excellence has a plethora of faces. The pertinent role it plays in placing Blacks in the arts, the judiciary and international spaces; the important weight it holds in cementing a spirit of activism within students; and the significant notion it embodies of continuing the HBCU graduate family tradition are literally only a sliver of the pie that is this phrase.

Howard Magazine decided to dedicate an entire issue to highlighting HBCU Excellence. In these pages, we invite additional HBCU voices besides our own to give their input, ultimately delivering a larger and more diverse conversation about the matter.

I urge you not to read these pages for your knowledge alone, but to share with others. It is through this kind of ongoing dialogue that we begin to enhance the discourse about the HBCU one discussion at a time for generations to come.

Excellence in Truth and Service,

RaNeeka Claxton Witty, M.F.A.




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