Foreword - Leveraging the HBCU Experience Globally


  • Michael L. Lomax


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have evolved their own deep legacy of global engagement over the nearly two centuries since their founding.  Black educators and educational institutions, closely interwoven with Black religious institutions, have long connected with the African continent, the Caribbean, and even Europe as fertile, foreign spaces for collaboration and partnership.  Today’s HBCU cross-cultural programs and collaborations are rooted in the cosmopolitan connections that emerged in the periods of forced migration, enslavement and colonization.  This global element of the Black experience has been too often discounted and overlooked generally and, certainly, with respect to HBCUs that have consistently challenged the notion that they are exclusively local and domestic in their context and aspirations.  


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Author Biography

Michael L. Lomax

Dr. Michael L. Lomax is the president and CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students to its 37 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Previously Dr. Lomax was the president of Dillard University in New Orleans and a professor at UNCF-member institutions Morehouse and Spelman Colleges.  He is a founding member of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and served as chairman of the Fulton County Commission in Atlanta, the first African American elected to that post. E-mail:



How to Cite

Lomax, M. L. (2021). Foreword - Leveraging the HBCU Experience Globally. STAR Scholar Books. Retrieved from