Saunders: Hey, HBCU alums, pour some money into your schools - not your parties
By Barry Saunders - staff columnist firstname.lastname@example.orgFebruary 24, 2014
Updated 8 hours ago 2014-02-25T06:02:42Z
In some Langston Hughes short stories, somebody with too much month left at the end of the money would often shout some variation of, “I know: Let’s throw a party.”
The concept of the rent party to alleviate acute financial distress was thus born.A News & Observer story last week reported on the teetering financial situation facing Saint Augustine’s University and other black schools, and right on cue, the biggest party of the year – the CIAA basketball tournament – begins this week.
Let’s throw a party, indeed.
The only problem is the proceeds from the weeklong wang dang doodle being held in Charlotte aren’t being used to help save St. Aug’s or any other struggling school: That cash is going to the city of Charlotte and Queen City restaurants, hotels, clothing stores and jewelers