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NSU president stands with HBCU presidents in Call for Peace and Unity

In an exclusive interview with the Spartan Echo on Monday, March 28, President and CEO Eddie N. Moore, Jr. discussed the increases in tuition and fees for the upcoming school year.   Photo from Norfolk State University.

NSU President and CEO Eddie N. Moore, Jr. 

NSU President and CEO Eddie N. Moore Jr. has signed a joint letter from presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) calling for peace and unity following the tragic events in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas as well as expressing their sympathy for the victims, their families and their communities.

The letter, which highlights the historical role HBCUs have played and continue to play as diverse and inclusive communities, lays out proposals to be bring awareness to the impact of gun violence in our society.

The entire letter is displayed below.

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A CALL FOR PEACE AND UNITY

We, the undersigned Presidents of America’s Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (“HBCUs”) remain brokenhearted over the recent events that have
taken place in Baton Rouge, LA, St. Paul, MN, and Dallas, TX. Our thoughts and
prayers are with the impacted communities at large and the families who have lost
their loved ones. These incidents have shaken our nation to its core and caused
many people to question our country’s direction.

As people of deep faith and a unique sense of history, we know that senseless
violence has never been the way forward in America. We are a society where,
despite what many would lead you to believe, that which binds us to each other is
far greater than anything that seeks to divide us. In the words of our President
Barack Obama, “We are one people, we are one nation.”

HBCUs, by virtue of their special place in this nation, have always understood the
hard work and sacrifices that must be made in order for America to live up to its
ideals. From the moment that our doors first opened in 1842, the roles that our
institutions have played were never narrowly confined to educating the men and
women who sat in our classes and walked our campuses. Instead, ours was a much
broader and more vital mission. We were charged with providing a light in the
darkness for a people who had been constitutionally bound to the dark. Our very
creation, existence, and persistence were, and always have been a duality of
collaboration and protest. In this respect, America’s HBCUs were the birthplace of
the idea that Black lives matter to our country.

Expressing our support for the idea that Black lives matter is in no way a declaration
that other lives do not matter as well. As leaders of some of the most diverse
colleges and universities in the country, we are well steeped in the value of open and
inclusive communities. It is because of our experience with building strong and
diverse communities that we unite, and invite all Americans to join us in the
following series of actions that are intended to help propel our country forward to
become a more perfect union:

1) The first-ever HBCU National Symposium on Gun Violence.

2) A commitment to raising the awareness of the debilitating impact of
trauma on the lives of those who have been exposed to loss as a result of
gun violence.

We know that none of these activities will bring back the lives that have been lost.
Our hope, however, is that these efforts will foster dialogues that help to accelerate
the creation of an environment where all human lives are valued equally and
discrimination based on one’s skin color, gender, and economic standing will
become a relic of the past.

As we move forward in our endeavors, we will forever remember the lives of those
slain and the loss their families have experienced. While we pray that their hearts
and minds will one day know peace, we pledge to aggressively continue our efforts
so that these types of prayers will one day become unnecessary.

With love and in solidarity,

Makola Abdullah, Virginia State University
Roslyn Clark Artis, Florida Memorial University
David L. Beckley, Rust College
Juliette B. Bell, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Colette Pierce Burnette, Huston-Tillotson University
Mickey L. Burnim, Bowie State University
William B. Bynum, Jr., Mississippi Valley State University
Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Spelman College
Lady June Cole
Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Shaw University
George T. French, Jr., Miles College
Rosaline Fuse-Hall, Bennett College
Cynthia Hammond, Central State University
Logan Hampton, Lane College
Forrest Harris, Sr., American Baptist College
Fitz Hill, Arkansas Baptist College
Anthony L. Jenkins, West Virginia State University
Brian Johnson, Tuskegee University
Paul Jones, Fort Valley State University
Walter M. Kimbrough, Dillard University
Marsha V. Krotseng, Bluefield State University
Elmira Mangum, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Ron Mason, University of District of Columbia
Eddie N. Moore, Jr., Norfolk State University
Charlie Nelms, Group Mentor and Ret. Chancellor, North Carolina Central University
Stanley J. Pritchett, Sr., Morris Brown College
Alfred Rankins, Jr., Alcorn State University
Kevin Rome, Lincoln University
Kent J. Smith, Jr., Langston University
Roderick Smothers, Philander Smith College
Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College
Dwaun J. Warmack, Harris-Stowe State University
Harry L. Williams, Delaware State University
David Wilson, Morgan State University
John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., Morehouse College

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