Beech Acres Parenting Center was shocked, saddened, and angered by recent reports of threats of violence this week at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) around the country. Several members of our staff are alumni of HBCUs, making this news personal and real. 

We stand in solidarity with our Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Parents who may have children at one of these schools, far away from home, are likely feeling a range of emotions from anger to fear and everything in between. 

This is a difficult situation, especially when some students are miles away from home. It’s not as simple as just driving to pick them up and bring them home where you can watch over them, which is probably exactly what you want to. The safety and protection of their children are always the top priority for any parent. 

HBCU Unity is embedded in the Beech Acres staff and community. From our “Sunken Gardens” to our Booker T. Washington statues, these campuses are more than just a college; they are home and safe havens to many of our staff members.

At times like these, it is important to talk to your children and even more important to listen to them. Provide your child with the space to voice how they feel. Do more listening than talking. Even among great adversity, you must be present and available to support your child. 

“As an HBCU alumni, I know that with the support of the school’s staff and the people that I went to the café with and enjoyed trips to the library with, we will be overcoming this moment.” Ashley Gray, Recruiter, Beech Acres Parenting Center.