Would You Send Your Daughter to Howard? Historically Black Colleges and Universities Advancing Black Women in Leadership

Authors

  • Amy Yeboah Howard University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21423/awlj-v40.a356

Abstract

In this article, we address the influence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on Black women’s participation in American politics. Focusing on the rise and record number of Black women running and winning political office in 2018, a remarkable list of over 400 Black women candidates were collected. Focusing on lives of three Black women whose dedication, determination, leadership, and activism are shifting the American political; Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Lucy McBath, its evident that HBCUs have empowered Black women to continue to lead, make a change and break barriers in American politics. These results highlight some of the long-term impacts supporting HBCU environments has created for Black women in politics and America.

 

Keywords: black women, politics, underpresented, gender, leadership, historically black colleges and universitites

Author Biography

Amy Yeboah, Howard University

Dr. Amy Oppong Yeboah is a Scholar, Filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Africana Studies in the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University. She holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies, and two Masters of Arts in Sociology and African American Studies from Temple University. Dr. Yeboah is a two-time grantee of Temple's Graduate Fund for Excellence, invited presenter for Scribe Video Center's Storyville series by the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been named Temple's University Future Faculty Fellow, West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Frederick Douglass Scholar and Philadelphia Freedom Schools' Ella J. Baker: Excellence in Servant Leadership Scholar.

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Published

2021-12-21