Ida B. Wells Textbook Fund Launched To Raise Money for HBCU Students

In Summary

A college professor raised funds to provide a resource needed in all classrooms: textbooks. Dr. Stacey Patton helped to raise over $150,000.  

Ida B. Wells-Barnett once said, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”  

Dr. Stacey Patton is doing her best to right financial wrongs by helping Morgan State and Howard University students overcome financial hardships.  

Financial burdens are a reoccurring theme for several historically Black colleges and universities, but Patton launched an initiative to provide generous funding to supply student needs: textbooks.  

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“Upon further investigation, I discovered that they had not purchased books for class because they could not afford them,” Patton told Black Enterprise. “As many of you probably know, the costs to attend college have skyrocketed over the past few decades. Paying for tuition, housing, meals, and books is often a struggle for many students across the country.”  

Patton raised over $150,000 in the past nine academic semesters. She also relaunched a GoFundMe with a $25,000 goal, which it has exceeded and is now closed after receiving over $30,000.   

The $25,000 was the estimated amount to assist 70 students at the two HBCUs. The students had to fill out a form detailing all the textbooks they needed to receive the funds.

The selected students received a $250 stipend on a first-come, first-served basis. The HBCU students could also use the funds for course software, hotspots and digital equipment for production classes.  

“So, I hope that you’ll take a moment and give what you can spare,” Patton said. “No amount is too small. Our students appreciate your generosity.”  

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