The African American Situation
PRESS RELEASE:  
SUPREME COURT DOUBLE
WHAMMY PROMOTES
PARADIGM SHIFT FOR
AFRICAN AMERICAN
STRUGGLE
 
SURVEY REVALS AFRICAN AMERICAN
INTEREST IN  SELF-DETERMINATION
GROWING
The findings of a survey of African American
views in relation to African American
self-determination, undertaken by Dr. Farid I.
Muhammad under the auspices of IHRAAM in
the year 2000, was presented at the recent
IHRAAM Conference, "From Civil Rights to
Human Rights and the Right to
Self-determination?"  International lawyer
professors Francis A. Boyle and Daniel Turp
advised the conference that such a survey
was an important factor in the determination
of African American desires in that regard.  At
the July 11, 2014 Atlanta Seminar,
International Human Rights & Empowering
HBCUs, Dr. Muhammad presented the results
of his second survey, indicating that interest
in self-determination in African American
communities is not shrinking, but growing.
INTERVENTIONS TO
UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Agenda Item 9

“Jim Crow Revamped: The Re-emergence of
African American Voter Registration
Suppression Laws”
The African American National Minority White Americans
With Trends Downward Despite High Visibility of Black
Individuals
19th session
Discriminatory Incarceration Severely Impacts the
African American National Minority
Slavery and the Second Amendment by Prof. Julie
E.K. Walker
WHY HBCUs ARE
KEY:  
  • Historical legacy &
    human right
  • Major provider of African
    American college and
    STEM education
  • Social and economic
    sustainability for African
    American heartland
    communities
  • Network of institutions
    facilitating African
    American self-determination
    in America

LEARN MORE:

HBCUs and African American Self-
determination

RESOURCES / BIBLIOGRAPHY

How Black Colleges Are Turning White:  
The Ethnic Cleansing of HBCUs in the
Age of Obama

On HBCUs, White House Moves From
Disregard to Dismantling

HBCUs Must Fight Back Against
Disastrous Loan Policies  

Statement of Lezli Baskerville, Esquire,
President & CEO, National Association for
Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
(NAFEO) Before United States Senate
Briefing “Closing the Wealth Gap
Through the African American
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem”

Barack Obama and the $300 million dollar
war on HBCUs

CBC Chair and HBCU Community Leaders
Respond to Department of Education's
Refusal to Reverse Changes to Parent
PLUS Loan Eligibility Criteria

The Ethnic Cleansing of Historically Black
Colleges & Universities in the Age of
Obama,

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IHRAAM COSPONSORS INAUGURAL UN SUMMIT:
AFRICA THE GLOBAL AFRICAN DIASPORA:
INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT OF
COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES,
& MINISTERS OF EDUCATION


Sept. 23, 2019, UN General Assembly-NY: Summit Agenda
Sept. 24, 2019, Side-event:  Agenda

At this historic event, a
Memorandum of Understanding
was signed between the UN Development Program
(UNDP) and cosponsor
Core Planning Group (CPG), "to
provide a
 framework of cooperation and facilitate and
strengthen collaboration between the Parties, on a
non-exclusive basis, in areas of common interest.
"

IHRAAM CEO Dr. Farid Muhammad with Dr. Ahmed
Reid, Chair, UN Working Group on People of
African Descent,
Meeting during Consultation on the Permanent Forum for People of
African Descent, Geneva, Switzerland, May 2019
IHRAAM CEO Dr. Farid Muhammad presents at BAPA+40 Side
Event, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation (ASSC)
hosted an event on the sidelines of the Second High-level United
Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40).  
More
IHRAAM CHAIR PRESENTS AT INTER-AMERICAN
COMMISSION (IACHR) REGIONAL CONSULTATION
ON HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS
OAS, Washington, December 8, 2018
At the request of the IACHR,  Dr. Farid I. Muhammad made a short
presentation in the fourth panel debate, on “ Cooperation with
International mechanisms to combat racism”, followed by an open
debate with all of the consultation’s participants. PIC: Commissioner
Judge Margarette May MaCauley and IHRAAM CEO Dr. Farid
Muhammad, December 2018, at the Headquarters of the Organization
of American States (OAS)  More
here
IHRAAM Representatives Attend UN South-South
Global Thinkers Conference
New York, November 28-30, 2018
Representatives from 123 countries participated in this unique EXPO
2018.
HBCU/PBI delegates attended as IHRAAM representatives, at
the invitation of the Office for South-South Cooperation:
UN OFFICIALS MEET HBCU/PBI DELEGATION
AT THE UNITED NATIONS IN NYC IN
OCTOBER, 2018

NEW YORK CITY:  On October 19, 2018, a delegation of 33 senior
administrative officials from a wide range of Historically Black Colleges
and Universities
attended a day-long Briefing at the United Nations
with officials from 3 UN Agencies: The event was a joint effort
facilitated by IHRAAM and the Core Planning Group.
CORE PLANNING GROUP (CPG) CARRIES
FORWARD
IHRAAM HISTORICALLY BLACK
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
(HBCUs)/PREDOMINANTLY BLACK
INSTITUTIONS (PBIs) CAMPAIGN

Here are samples of the remarkable fruits to date of CPG efforts
during its 2017-2018campaign at numerous HBCUs and predominantly
Black institutions (PBIs)  of higher education (outreach to be widely
expanded 2018-2019

Preserving HBCUs' Billion Dollar Legacy:  
International Law, Self-Determination and
the Right to Institutions

represents IHRAAM efforts from 2014-2015 to contextualize the
struggle to save HBCUs within the context of the international minority
right to institutions, and to stimulate debate and discussion within the
HBCU and African American community as well as within government
and the international community as to the value and applicability of
international norms when seeking to resolve the ongoing
disproportionately negative standing of African Americans in social
indicators measuring well being—despite their having achieved de jure
civil rights for nearly half a century.
State Department/DoE Civil Society
Consultation
Washington, DC July 20, 2015.

IHRAAM was invited to participate in the State Department/Dept. of
Education Town Hall review ofeducation recommendations resulting
from the US-UPR. Dr. Farid I. Muhammad and Professor Emerita
Vernellia Randall travelled to Washington to attend the July 20, 2015
meeting and present. The State Department requested two
documents:  A Written Statement, and then a more brief Intervention
for delivery at the event itself.  
MORE
 
IHRAAM SIDE-SESSION HELD at UN Palais des
Nation, GENEVA on May 7th, prior to US Universal
Periodic Review by Human Rights Council

IHRAAM held a side-session at the UN Palais des Nations on May 7th,
2015, titled
EMPOWERING BLACK COLLEGES:  International Law,
African American Development and Self-Determination.

All 192 UN Member States of the United Nations are required to report
every four years on human rights issues through a mandatory review
process established by UN General Assembly Resolution
60/251 in
2006. This process provides an opportunity for NGOs and others to
submit alternative reports to that produced by government, affording
the opportunity for the review process to deepen the understanding
and broaden the exposure of human rights violations within states with
a view to their correction.

The United States report was reviewed by the UN Human
Rights Council on May 11, 2015.

IHRAAM and Cosponsors submitted an Alternative Report to the UN
Human Rights Committee addressing the violation of African
Americans' right to education in the US, and defending the
African
American international minority right to institutions in face of the
policy-generated deterioration of HBCUs.  



IHRAAM  ALTERNATIVE REPORT
TO THE UNITED NATIONS
RE THE US 2015  
UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW
FOCUSES ON CRISIS FACING HBCUs
READ THE IHRAAM ALTERNATIVE REPORT

International Human Rights &
Empowering HBCUs
Seminar, Clark Atlanta University, July 11, 2014

Academics, funders, and administrators from
across the spectrum of HBCUs met at historic
Clark Atlanta University on July 11, 2014 to review
and brainstorm how to address the threat to this
historic African American institutionalization, and
how to move forward.    More
here
AFRICAN AMERICAN STRUGGLE HEADING IN
NEW DIRECTION?
IHRAAM CHICAGO CONFERENCE
East-West University, April 2012

On April 20-21, 2012, key representatives of the African
American popular leadership and intelligentsia broke
new ground in Chicago at the IHRAAM-sponsored
conference titled
FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO HUMAN
RIGHTS AND SELF-DETERMINATION?
Speakers
and attendees flew in from all corners–California,
Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina,
Washington, DC, Virginia and Canada. The
atmosphere in the conference hall at East-West
University was electrifying, as speaker after speaker
added new planks to attendees’ understanding of
where the African American struggle had been, where it
was now, and the direction it had to go to move
forward.  There was no disagreement from either
speakers or floor on the general direction proposed by
the title of the conference:  that the African American
struggle must now move on from civil rights to human
rights and self-determination.
more
Do we need self-determining Institutions?"  
Speech (MP4) by the late Chokwe Lumumba
delivered at the IHRAAM 2012 Chicago
Conference