"Our Legacy Is Being Sold:" These Sisters Have A Message For Their Bethune-Cookman University Graduation Speaker, Betsy DeVos
Photo by Courtesy of Taylor and Tyler Durrant The controversial U.S. Education Secretary will speak and receive an honorary degree at graduation. But these graduating seniors tell ESSENCE they aren't having it. Following the recent announcement that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos would be delivering the commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University, many expressed outrage.
Over the past few years, we've seen the rise of social activism and awareness through viral hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter, #OscarsSoWhite and now, # BlackWomenAtWork.
From Laila Ali to Janelle Monae, it's safe to say that the graduation speakers at historically Black colleges and universities this year are lit!
Not only have people created hilarious memes, but there's even a #GetOutChallenge. Jordan Peele's box office hit has left many talking since its release just two weeks ago. With a nearly perfect intermingling of horror, comedy and subtle blistering truths about the Black man's experience in America, Peele definitely hit the nail on the head with this one.
An Indiana teenager and her mother have the internet buzzing after recreating a photo of the newly graduated student's first day of kindergarten. Gabrielle Yowell, an 18-year-old from New Albany, Indiana, paired the photos on social media saying, "First day of kindergarten to graduation and my mom is still as proud as ever."
We talked to "Because Of Them We Can" founder Eunique Jones about this adorable viral video that both uplifts Black History Month and holds the new administration accountable. To kick off Black History Month, the campaign 'Because of Them We Can' has an inspiring message that challenge's the new administration on "Alternative Facts," while stating the real facts about the Black experience.
In the most heart-wrenching episodes of the season thus far, there were several powerful scenes that highlighted the love between father and son, death, and a few standout Black cultural moments you may have missed. As soon as the episode opened with the melody "you are my sunshine," I knew I had a gut-wrenching 60 minutes ahead of me.
With HBCU enrollment on the rise, graduates from historically Black colleges and universities - from Howard University to Bethune-Cookman University - share their unique experiences while offering advice to incoming students. In an increasingly intense political climate, historically Black colleges/universities have become more crucial than ever.