Dr. Nave to Participate in SPLC’s HBCUs Under the Threat of Attack Panel Discussion

Release courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) cordially invites you to join us for a virtual roundtable discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 8 to discuss developments and forward-looking plans, following the recent bomb threats to nearly 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) throughout the U.S.

The bomb threats made to HBCUs on Jan. 31 and Feb 1., was an abhorrent act of hate that sought to impede the learning and physical well-being of students of color. HBCUs are among our nation’s most trusted Institutions of higher education – a safe space where many of these students choose to not only advance their education, but also to embrace and enjoy their shared experiences and rich culture.

The SPLC, through both our Intelligence Project and our Learning for Justice program areas are committed to identifying, monitoring and combatting hate and extremism in all of its forms. What happened to these HBCUs is cause for alarm AND action. These students are our nation’s future and we must make every effort to ensure their safety and protection. We look forward to you joining us for this very important discussion

WHO: SPLC Moderator:

Lecia Brooks, Chief of Staff and Culture


Featured Guests:

Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs/Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education 

Dr. Jerryl Briggs, Sr., President, Mississippi Valley State University

Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President, Edward Waters University

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President, Dillard University

Dr. Anne McCall, Senior Vice President and Provost, Xavier   University

Dr. Felecia M. Nave, President, Alcorn State University


WHAT: During this session, we will update the media and public on:


o   How the recent bomb threats have impacted HBCU students, faculty, staff, families and surrounding communities; how HBCUs are bracing themselves

o   What the connection of these threats from a SPLC-designated hate group, the Atomwaffen Division (AWD), means in the fight against hate and extremism

o   Key developments involving the authorities’ response to these threats to HBCUs

o   Insights, resources and action steps for HBCUs in the wake of this national threat


WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, | 12:30 – 1:30 pm ET/11:30 am – 12:30 pm CT


WHERE: RSVP HERE by Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 at 10 am ET to secure your Zoom link for the session

HBCUs impacted by the bomb threats included:



Philander Smith College



Delaware State University



Bethune-Cookman University

Edward Waters University



Albany State University

Fort Valley State University

Spelman College



Kentucky State University



Southern Univ. and A&M College

Xavier University



Bowie State University

Coppin State University



Alcorn State University

Jackson State University

Mississippi Valley State Univ.

Tougaloo College


Washington, D.C

Howard University

Univ. of District of Columbia