The Episcopal Church Office of Development held a webinar on Wednesday, September 29 at 5 PM EDT, featuring a panel discussion highlighting the importance and history of two Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.
The Presidents of both institutions joined in conversation with Presiding Bishop Curry and special guest Congressman James E. Clyburn of the 6th District of South Carolina about the current challenges facing HBCUs and their role in supporting the development of leaders of color in a diverse array of professions.
The panel discussed the history of HBCUs and The Episcopal Church, which founded a number of these institutions in the later 19th century to provide educational opportunities to formerly enslaved persons. The panel also discussed recent developments and innovations at Voorhees and Saint Augustine’s, preserving and protecting the legacy and history of Black colleges, and how HBCU students are impacting the country and the world.
The 60-minute event was attended by over 350 registrants. It was hosted by Ms. Rebecca Linder Blachly, Director of Government Relations, The Episcopal Church, and Ms. Cecilia Malm, Senior Development Officer/Associate Director, The Episcopal Church.