Tenn. (TSU News Service) –
Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover is among Essence magazine’s
national list of women who are “inspiring communities around the world” and has
been named to its “Woke 100 List.”
Framed as a “salute to women of color challenging
the status quo,” the list, published in Essence’s November issue, features “100
women who exemplify the true meaning of being change agents and power players,”
according to a release.
President Glover, who is considered a stalwart in
higher education and a staunch supporter of our nation’s HBCUs, also serves as
international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. As the
head of AKA, Dr. Glover is recognized for donating “$1.6 million on behalf of
the group to 32 HBCUs and gifted $100,000 to Bennett College, which was in
danger of losing its accreditation.” A few months later, the sorority
established a $100,000 endowment at TSU, with an initial contribution of
In September, Dr. Glover and the sorority raised
$1 million in a 24-hour campaign for HBCUs through an initiative called AKA
HBCU Impact Day. The funds are used to provide financial assistance and help
secure fiscal sustainability and success for TSU and all four-year HBCUs.
AKA HBCU Impact Day is part of a four-year $10
million fundraising goal by the sorority to establish an endowment on each
campus. Money raised through the initiative will assist in providing financial support
to these schools over the next three years.
Donors can still make contributions by texting
AKAHBCU to 44321, giving by mail or online at http://aka1908.com/hbcus/donate-hbcu.
In addition to the field of education and service, those making the list come from diverse professional backgrounds. This includes social justice to politics to entertainment. Others on the list are Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Simone Biles, Gayle King and Ava DuVernay. Visit www.essence.com/news/2019-woke-100/ to view the full list.
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