What is the role of historically black colleges & universities (HBCUs) in the current political climate? As part of our #BlackHistoryMonth reflections on scholarship related to historical & contemporary issues facing black communities, we revisit this recent op-ed from Basil Smikle (PhD ’19).

https://www.tc.columbia.edu/articles/2019/november/tcs-basil-smikle-published-in-the-hill/ An opinion piece by TC alumnus and lecturer Basil A. Smikle, Jr., asserts that a recent ceremony hosted by historically black Benedict College was a “showcase in hypocrisy” because it honored President Trump for his record in criminal justice reform.