Entry #55, February 23, 2011
Note from Co-Author: Tia C. M. Tyree:
My co-author – Chris Cathcart, and I believe this could be a powerful book to help promote, explain and highlight the unique HBCU experience. It’s important to know we don’t care about the grammar or writing styles. We’ll fix the wording. We just want genuine stories that help tell the HBCU experience and can help readers laugh, learn and/or think. We all went to HBCUs for a reason, and we believe there is a need for them. This book will help others understand what it’s all about.
HBCUs have a rich legacy in the United States and many graduates of these
institutions made and continue to make major impacts on the history and climate of this country. This book will attempt to celebrate the legacy and experiences of those who attended HBCUs. Further, with the debate still raging over the relevance and need for HBCUs in the new millennium, this work will help showcase the unique experiences of HBCU graduates, highlight the important need for these institutions and accentuate the overall benefits of having a HBCU education.
What to Do – Photograph and Story Submissions
Submissions are now being accepted for a book highlighting the undergraduate experiences of those who attended HBCUs. Stories can take on any tone from serious to humorous. Most importantly, stories should be first person narratives that reflect the experiences of the writer. Writers must be HBCU graduates or have attended a HBCU for at least four years. Writers from any HBCU are invited to submit stories, and graduates of all ages are encouraged to submit as well.
Submissions should be between 250-500 words. Interested writers can submit entries regarding academics, picking the right institution, love, relationships, motherhood, fatherhood, Greek life, pledging, balancing life and coursework, dealing with institutional or administrative challenges, internships, protests, sit-ins, social movements, friends, roommates, homecoming, athletics and giving back. Submissions can also cover academic years (i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years). Other topics not listed may also be considered.
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2011. The email subject line should be HBCU Story Submission: Subject Area. For example, if you were writing a story about your favorite professor and how he or she helped shape your college experience, your email subject line would be HBCU Story Submission: Academics, or if you were writing a story about the importance of being affiliated with a sorority or fraternity, your subject line would be HBCU Story Submission: Greek Life. Writers should include the name of the HBCU attended, graduation year, full name and telephone number.
Visual representations of the HBCU experience are being solicited. Whether you have a photograph that captures a special moment in the history of your university, a milestone in your academic experience or you and friends relaxing, you can submit it. Photographs must be high resolution, authentic and copyright must be owned by the person submitting the photograph. Those interested in submitting a photograph do not have to submit an accompanying written submission. Most importantly, photographs should provide a unique look into the life of a HBCU student, and content and composition should be appropriate and relevant to the purpose of this call.
Submissions should be sent to email@example.com by April 30, 2011. The email subject line should be HBCU Photo Submission: Brief Photo Description. For example, if you have a photograph of you winning a national sports competition, your email subject line would be HBCU Photo Submission: Sports, or if you participated in a sit-in on your campus in the 1960s, your subject line would be HBCU Photo Submission: Sit-In. You should include the name of the HBCU attended, graduation year, full name, telephone number and no more than a 50-word caption for your photograph.
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We are hoping to publish the book in 2012.
Who to Contact with Questions: Co-authors:
Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree