Journalism Professor Provides Support For HBCU Students Through Ida B. Wells-Barnett Textbook Fund
The initiative was launched by Dr. Stacey Patton, and it helps cover the costs of textbooks for students at Howard and Morgan State.
January 15, 2022 at 2:36 am
In 2016, Dr. Stacey Patton—a nationally-recognized journalist, advocate, and educator—began teaching at Morgan State University in Baltimore. However, she soon realized that many of her students faced a pretty serious issue: keeping up with the cost of textbooks.
"When I began teaching journalism at Morgan State University in 2016, I noticed that a number of my students were struggling to keep up with their assignments," Dr. Patton recalled. "Upon further investigation, I discovered that they had not purchased books for class because they could not afford them."
To help mitigate her students' financial hardships, Dr. Patton launched the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Textbook Fund. The initiative is named for the noteworthy Ida B. Wells, a civil rights pioneer who helped blast the evils of lynching through her journalism.
Dr. Patton has raised over $150,000 over the past nine academic semesters through this initiative, and she currently has a goal of raising $25,000 through GoFundMe.
"This semester, my goal is to raise $25,000, which generally helps around 70 students enrolled at Morgan State and Howard University. The funds will be split between the two institutions," she writes on GoFundMe. "Each student, regardless of their major, is required to complete a form and provide a list of their book titles. They will receive a maximum of $250."
The funds can be used to purchase textbooks from either Amazon or their campus bookstore. It can also be used to cover other educational necessities—such as course software, necessary equipment, or an internet hotspot for those with connection issues.
"I've heard from many recipients that this textbook fund has made a huge difference in their ability to perform well and complete their coursework. So, I hope that you'll take a moment and give what you can spare. No amount is too small. Our students appreciate your generosity," Dr. Patton writes.
The GoFundMe launched about a week ago, and it's currently less than $5,000 away from meeting its $25,000 goal. Those interested can donate here.
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