Power of the Pen: Journos rep HBCUs, “The Divine Nine”

According to an article published by USA TODAY COLLEGE last fall, The top 10 schools for journalism in the U.S., no Historically Black College or University (HBCU) made the list. In 2012, College Media Matters produced the 50 Best Journalism Schools and Programs at U.S. Colleges & Universities, in which San Jose State is the only Minority Serving Institution to make the cut. However, several noted journalists have attended MSIs, in particular HBCUs. The following list consists of journalists, past and present, that not only attended an HBCU, but are also members of one of the “Divine Nine” sororities or fraternities.

1.) Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, Rust College/Fisk University, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Born a slave in 1862, Wells fought against the odds to become an educated woman and civil rights activist that played a major part in the anti-lynching crusade in the 1890s. Using the pseudonym “Iola,” Wells began to write editorials in black newspapers that challenged Jim Crow laws in the South, purchasing a share of a Memphis newspaper, the Free Speech and Headlight, as a tool in the cause of African American civil rights. Wells-Barnett helped launch the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) and was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) while campaigning for women’s suffrage…Continue Reading


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