A scary topic in the workplace, but usually a liberating topic on an HBCU campus, black hair has taken on a lot of attention by the media. News sources like the Huffington Post, New York Times and CNN all have discussed the phenomenon of natural hair among African- American men and women. Recently, 7-year-old Tiana was dismissed from Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma because the administration did not allow her dreads. The school later changed its natural hair policy, but Tiana did not return to the school. Other K-12 schools also are banning natural styles, calling them unacceptable and potential health hazards.
My fellow Eagles, I am sending out an Eagle cry. I have finally, FINALLY reached my senior year and I have never felt like quitting more than now. I’ve considered quitting numerous times this semester. Not because I am lazy, but because the stress level is so high I could use it to bench press at the gym. I am writing this article to plead with the great professors of NCCU. Not all of your students are slackers or lazy. This is not by any means an effort to beg for a pat on the back or to ask you to ease up on the work you assign us. But please know when to back off. You never know what your students are going through at home.