As of February 1st, the first day of Black History Month, multiple Historically Black Colleges & Universities received bomb threats, igniting police investigations and holding the campus flow to a halt.
On January 31st, Delaware State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Howard University, Albany State University, Southern University, and Bowie State University received an anonymous bomb threat via text notifications and social media posts.
Unfortunately, the bomb threats didn’t stop there. Jackson State University, Fort Valley State University, Tougaloo College, Spelman College, Xavier University of Louisiana, University of the District of Columbia, Edward Waters University, and Morgan
State University received bomb threats on the morning of Black History Month. Ayo Mandela, a Freshman at Howard University, explains how hectic things have been with the recurring threats. “We received a bomb threat yesterday and this morning. We’ve been told by the Department of Public Safety to stay where we are until the ‘bomb’ is found.”
Kenneth Roach, a postgraduate at Bowie State University, reveals his frustration towards the incidents, “The people doing this are immature, and to be doing this on Black History Month makes it even more disrespectful”. Many suspect these bomb threats to be racially motivated, especially since the incidents are occurring in February, and there’s no telling when this trend will come to a calm.