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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE

from INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS & EMPOWERING HBCUS,
ATLANTA SEMINAR, 2014

Welcome to Clark Atlanta University / 12
Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President, Clark Atlanta University

Why IHRAAM Embraces the Struggle to Save HBCUs / 18
Mrs Diana Kly, Chair, IHRAAM

HBCUs’ Struggle for Equity Post Fordice / 26
Dr. Armentia Hinton

The Ethnic Cleansing of HBCUs in the Age of Obama / 38
Dr. Jahi Issa

Meaningful Partnerships Between Community and
College: The City of Lithonia, Georgia and Clark
Atlanta University / 50
Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson

The Unnecessary Closing of HBCUs: Some Questions for Our
Supporters / 56
Carl A. Johnson

Addressing Discrimination Subsets: HBCUs and African
American Jocks” / 64
Dr. Irving Smith


Empowering HBCUs Through the Use of International
Approaches, Forums & Communications / 74
Dr. Mustafa Ansari


IHRAAM Alternative Report: US Universal Periodic Review,
Submitted to the UN Human Rights Council. September, 2014 / 87

from EMPOWERING BLACK COLLEGES: International Law,
African Amerian Development and Self-Determination
Side Session, UN Palais des Nations. Geneva, May 7, 2015

HBCUs: An Historical Legacy and a Call to Action / 102
Dr. Edwina Harris Hamby, VP Fisk/Consultant, IHRAAM
African American Communities Denied Human Right to Education / 112

Atty Stan Willis, Consultant, IHRAAM
The School to Prison Pipeline as Violation of Human Rights / 128
Prof. Emerita Vernellia Randall, Consultant, IHRAAM

International Human Rights & Empowering the African American
Community / 146
Dr. Farid I. Muhammad, Director, IHRAAM-USA


IHRAAM Statement to the US State Department,
WASHINGTON, DC, July 20, 2015 / 166

APPENDIX:
Excerpt from the Writing of Dr. Y. N. Kly / 181


HBCUs represent the historic United States institutionalization
of African American higher education.  While during the Civil
Rights period, the United States did remove de jure segregation
and replace it with equality before the law, it nonetheless
continued to recognize and fund HBCUs as an African American
entitlement, in keeping with the desires of the African American
people and their organizations. This is also in keeping with
African Americans’ international minority right to institutions.  

HBCUs have played a significant role in the training of African
American professional sectors and in the economic viability of
African American communities where they are situated.

However, recent US government policies undertaken without
consultation with African American / HBCU leadership have
disproportionately impacted the survival of these institutions.
Supreme Court decisions have also played a negative role.

This book represents IHRAAM efforts from 2014-2015
to contextualize the struggle to save HBCUs within the context
of the international minority right to institutions, and to stimulate
debate and discussion within the HBCU and African American
community as well as within government and the international
community as to the value and applicability of international
norms when seeking to resolve the ongoing disproportionately
negative standing of African Americans in social indicators
measuring well being—despite their having achieved
de jure civil rights for nearly half a century.


To that end, on July 14, 2014, IHRAAM  (along with cosponsors
100 Black Men of Atlanta and Iota Phi Theta of Baltimore)
sponsored a seminar on Empowering HBCUs and International
Human Rights, again with a view to stimulating debate within
the concerned communities.

On September 14, 2014, IHRAAM submitted an Alternative Report
to the United Nations Human Rights Council, scheduled to
conduct its regularly scheduled 2015 Universal Periodic Review
of the United States as it relates to human rights on May 11, 2015.

On May 7, 2015, immediately preceding it, IHRAAM delegates
presented a side-session at the UN Palais des Nations titled
“Empowering Black Colleges: International Law, African
American Development and Self-Determination.”

On July 20, 2015, IHRAAM representatives were invited to
Washington by the U.S. State Department/Department of
Education to participate in a Town Hall Session on the issues
raised in the US UPR related to education. At that meeting,
IHRAAM’s project for the establishment of a quasi-governmental
body, the Office of HBCU Development and International
Cooperation (OHBCUD) was presented.

This book includes the above-mentioned primary
documents projected by IHRAAM, as well as capturing the
thinking of persons outside of IHRAAM, all of whom seek to save
and empower HBCUs, and represent their own positions.
H B C U s :
The Key to African American
Self-Determination in America