HBCU Digest: “HBCUs – The Institutional Antidote to White Fragility” by Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Ph.D.

This is my latest for HBCU Digest. When I saw Alicia's post for the first time, I was blown away by the way that she voiced so many of the complexities that come along with being black and educated in our society. I knew I had to unpack it. I'm really grateful to the Ahalt family for allowing me to share their story. “The antiblackness of both blacks and whites means that HBCUs are viewed, many times unfairly, as less than optimal options. But, interes

Life and Death in the Tongue: The Power of Talking (or Not Talking) About Race

Life and Death in the Tongue: The Power of Talking (or Not Talking) About Race
By Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Ph.D. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” – Proverbs 18:21 For the past year, I’ve worked with a passionate group of citizens in the community of Miami Shores to engage in conversations about race and history. Recognizing the demographic realities, as well as social and political inequities, in their community, the South Florida People of Color (the organization)

Can We Talk About Race? Facilitating Race Dialogues

Can We Talk About Race? Facilitating Race Dialogues
For the past year, I’ve had the privilege of working with a passionate group of citizens in the community of Miami Shores to engage in conversations about race and history. Recognizing the demographic realities, as well as social and political inequities, in their community, the Miami Shores People of Color are on a mission to create an antiracist society in South Florida. Working with the group, we developed the curriculum for a community race dial...

Key West Africana Festival

It was an honor to be invited to speak during the opening session of the 3rd Biennial Key West Africana Festival. If you aren't aware, Key West has some amazing history, from the African Cemetery to the exhibit on the wrecked slave ship, the Henrietta Marie, at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. The focus of my remarks revolved around the meaning of Juneteenth, since the Festival fell just a few days after that holiday. The title of my speech is "Juneteenth R...

Interview with Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs on WLRN’s “Topical Currents”

(5-23-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with Florida Memorial University history professor, Dr. Tameka Hobbs, who’s written the book, DEMOCRACY ABROAD, LYNCHING AT HOME:  Racial Violence in Florida. The Sunshine State is usually viewed as atypical of other Southern states, more progressive, yet during the 1940s, it suffered more lynchings of blacks than other Deep South states. This while Americans fought World War II to protect democratic principles

Listen To Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs On The Marc Bernier Show

Dr. Tamkea Bradley Hobbs joined Marc Bernier on The Marc Bernier Show for an interview discussing Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida. About Marc Bernier: Forty-one year radio and television veteran, Marc Bernier, is often heard to say talking to people is the greatest job he has ever had. He is the host of The Marc Bernier Show, which airs weekdays from 3-6 p.m., on 93.5FM/1150AM WNDB Daytona Beach, Florida. Now in his 25th

BLACK AMERICA: STOP RIDING FOR CREEPS

  January 15, 2016 I keep trying to avoid wading into the morass of the Cosby debate, but two things keep drawing me back – attitudes around women and male leaders within the African American community. People keep comparing Cosby to Charlie Sheen and Woody Allen. I’ve even seen a meme with George Washington that made me want to pull out my hair. Cosby actually has more in common, though, with Clarence Thomas. Remember him? Before he was t...

Practicing What I Preach: My Black Boy Reads!

Practicing What I Preach: My Black Boy Reads!
I will treasure this image for years to come. My husband and I are standing with our youngest son, Amiri, who took home the trophy for having the most Accelerated Reader points for the entire 3rd grade at this school. It was a triumph for our family and, I pray, a sign of things to come for my son. That trophy, medal, and certificate means that we have, at least momentarily, defined the odds. You see, in the nefarious school-to-prison pipeline, l...

REVERBERATIONS OF AN INCOMPLETE REVOLUTION

It seems that the University of Missouri is now, for a second time in a century, serving as ground-zero for change in higher education in the nation. Nearly 80 years ago, in 1936, Lloyd Gaines sued the state of Missouri after being refused admission to the School of Law at the University of Missouri because of his race. The U.S. Supreme Court famously decided in Gaines’ favor in their 1938 Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada decision ruling that it was a vio