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Posted by Na’Tasha Jones, University Communications

In this Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post, an opinion editorial entitled “Mission and means are in sync at Howard,” authored by President Sidney Ribeau, will be published. In the post, President Ribeau speaks on the current state of Howard University, both as an Historically Black University (HBCU) and as an “indispensible American institution.” Read more via the preview and link to the online version below.

Mission and means are in sync at Howard

By Sidney A. Ribeau

It is ironic that Daniel Burnett’s Aug. 23 op-ed, “Can Howard’s leaders steer clear of the iceberg?”, surfaced the week of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, during which serious thinkers engaged in thoughtful discussion on the status of higher education and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) such as Howard University. Burnett’s commentary, meanwhile, characterized Howard in an ahistoric and superficial manner, and it deserves a response that puts into context the issues he raised.

Howard University has helped define the democratic and humanitarian contours of our nation and helped it through its darkest days of segregation and denial of basic rights to its black population. The scholarship and service of its faculty continues to contribute to the development of the global community, and Howard remains the most important source of diversification in U.S. higher education. Continue reading…