PRESS RELEASE - Center for African Studies Launches HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps


December 10, 2022 - On the eve of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the Center for African Studies at Howard University is pleased to announce the launch of the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU)-Africa Correspondents Corps.  HBCU students will be covering many events during the Summit, interviewing key stakeholders and leaders, and providing nuanced reporting on the pressing issues covered during the Summit. 

HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps (HBCU-ACC) aims to provide student journalists and political scientists attending HBCUs with professional development exposure and experience beneficial to pursue a career as an international correspondent or political commentator.  HBCU-ACC will also work to broaden and deepen networks between HBCU students and their counterparts in Africa and the global African Diaspora.  

The first cohort of student reporters will include Leah Clark (Xavier University of Louisiana), Aviwe DuBois (Xavier University of Louisiana), Kyra Edwards (University of the Virgin Islands), Tahera Hamidi (Hampton University), DaQuan Lawrence (Howard University), Gimel Pinto (University of the Virgin Islands), Jason Ponterotto (Howard University), Jah’l Selassie (Morgan State University), and Lillian Stephens (Morgan State University).

Upon learning of his inclusion, DaQuan Lawrence said, "Grateful to be a part of the first cohort of HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps... This is going to change the world."

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About the Center for African Studies

The Center for African Studies (CfAS) at Howard University is a comprehensive Title VI National Resource Center and a campus-wide hub that supports and enhances Africa-related teaching and research across Howard University’s schools, academic departments and centers. In accordance with the mission and vision of Howard University, the Center works to consolidate and expand the legacy of Howard University as a leader for America and the global community in relation to the study of Africa. The Center promotes and supports teaching of African languages (Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu) in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, as well as research, instruction and training in other academic and professional fields to provide a fuller understanding of Africa.

Point of Contact

Ania Ueno
Communications and Digital Media Specialist
Center for African Studies, Howard University


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