Johnnetta Betsch Cole, author and editor of numerous books, is President Emerita of Spelman and Bennett Colleges, Director Emerita of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art, and former Chair and President of the National Council of Negro Women. She lives in Florida.
This chapter includes speeches that reflect on the state of higher education in the United States. One speech discusses the history of the creation of the Black studies program at Washington State University, while another praises women's colleges and emphasizes the need for universal education of women and girls throughout the developing world. In her 2017 speech at the College Board's A Dream Deferred and HBCU conferences, Johnnetta Betsch Cole offers key lessons for successfully educating African American students. These speeches on higher education showcase the breadth of Cole's expertise on various aspects of higher education and highlight some of the strengths of her speechifying techniques, including the use of personal narrative, African proverbs and symbols, and historic figures.