Should a Historically Black College Host an Award Ceremony for Trump? No, says TC’s Basil Smikle

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). 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.