Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in single garment of destiny. Whenever affects on directly, affects all indirectly.”

Issues on racism have pursued for way too long, and it is at its point of needing to be permanently resolved. The recent racial slurs and killings exemplifies the ceaseless unsolved result of broken systemic racism in America. We immensely are demanding peace and justice over our people, especially of the black and brown people and their communities. And we will not back down from the continued fight for social change and injustice.

As I have stated once before, and I will repeat it, our country must unite to dismantle racism and bigotry in all forms and denounce race-related violence and police brutality. In the words of Jessie Jackson, we must use our economic leverage and our political power to respond to this ongoing miscarriage of justice.

On October 20, 2020, Marcellis Stinnette, a 19-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a Hispanic police officer in Illinois shortly before midnight during a traffic stop. It is told that the teen did not receive medical assistance and bled out on the ground for eight minutes. On October 20, 2020, Quawan “Bobby” Charles, a 15-year-old black teen, vanished from his home. Days later, the family said his body was found in a sugarcane field about 20 miles away, in Iberia Parish. The teen was beaten and tortured, and being compared to the murder of Emmett Till. However, local officials are not providing transparent details regarding the death of Charles. The ACLU is demanding a full, independent investigation.

Over the weekend of November 7-8, Simmons College of Kentucky, a historically black college, located in Louisville, Kentucky received a voicemail from a man that was rooted in racism. The voice related the following message, “Boy ya know, a few, me and a few of my upstanding white friends from the community would sure wish you would shut that n***** college down, ya know please tired of all you n**** starting problems with all the white folk around.”

The time is already overdue for us as Americans to stop accepting nonsense as such and come together to do all that we can as a society to challenge and change systems of inequity that perpetuate racism and bias that continues to happen in this country. Enough is enough. We must not stop speaking up about JUSTICE, PEACE, and RESPECT among humanity. While I do not encourage violence because it is neither the answer nor our agenda, we must not be silent.

Dr. King reminded us all that, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


Demetrius Johnson, Jr.
President and CEO, Founder

Statement by Demetrius Johnson, Jr.
President and CEO, Founder, HBCU Campaign Fund

America’s issue of racism and hate has transpired for too long over the years. However, recently police brutality has taken a toll more than ever before. Because of the usage of social media, citizens have been informed more about the dreadful impact of racism and hate towards the Black community. The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) was founded to help students and support all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). We work tirelessly to advocate for students and those institutions we serve in making sure that their voices are heard to virtually continue serving first-generation, and underprivileged students as well as their surrounding neighborhoods.

We have recently witnessed the brutal and uncaused for deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and David McAtee that have shaken our nation and once again demonstrated the heartless discrimination against the Black community.

Our country must continue to unite to dismantle racism and bigotry in all forms and denounce race-related violence and police brutality.

HCF looks forward to joining others and partnering with our nation leaders, HBCUs, and communities we serve in working together to heal our nation on those issues of racism and hate. We must not be silent. As Dr. King once reminded us all: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


About the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF)

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a nonprofit advocacy educational organization that is mission to support the significance and raises funds for scholarships, initiative programming, and for public and private HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains today as a strong advocacy for students and higher education. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

Huston-Tillotson University President and CEO Colette Pierce Burnette speaks on Wednesday at City Hall in Austin, Texas. Photo Credit: Thomas Negrete | Daily Texan Staff

AUSTIN, TX – Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced a task force group on Wednesday that will explore ways the city can combat institutional racism within criminal justice, health, education, finance and housing. The group will be made up of 49 members to take a comprehensive look at institutional racism and make recommendations by March.

The take force will focus on structural barriers – not individuals – both intentional and unintentional, Alder said. It will be disbanded after presenting an action plan to the community in March. Huston-Tillotson University President and CEO Colette Pierce Burnette and Austin Independent School District superintendent Paul Cruz are to lead the task force as co-chairs. The steering committee will also include representatives from the Austin Police Department and the NAACP

Alder said the land plan instituted in 1928 is an example of how city planning and institutions have supported institutional racism.

“We are responsible for remediating the enduring legacy of inequities that continue to flow from what was a pretty horrific plan,” said Alder. “That lives with us today as we are the most geographically segregated city in the country. We cannot add our power to past prejudice even if we are well-intentioned.”

Dr. Burnette said the plan’s ability to create actual change will depend on people being willing to put in work.

“This happens from individuals having the will to do the heavy lifting and hard work,” said Dr. Burnette. “Everyone in that room has the will. The timing is perfect in the nation. Whatever the catalysts are, the timing is perfect in the nation to move forward.”

Cruz states his school district is already implementing programs to examine the differentiation for students of color when it comes to issues like dropout rates, college graduation rates and suspensions. Cruz said reflecting on issues for people of color in the city helps AISD students even after they leave their public education.

Dr. Burnette was named the sixth President and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University in April 2015. She became the first female president of the merged Huston-Tillotson University and only the second female president in the institution’s 140-year history.

Before coming to Huston-Tillotson, Burnette served as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial officer and also Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Central State University, a historically black university in Wilberforce, Ohio.



Source: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/mayor-steve-adler-names-49-people-to-austins-anti-/ns849/.