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Historically Black College and Universities and Public Health in Nashville


Project creators



Andrea L. Ringer
Assistant Professor
Tennessee State University


Learotha Williams, Jr.
Associate Professor
Tennessee State University


A. Hannibal Leach
Assistant Professor
Fisk University


Not pictured:
Sekhmet Ra Em Kht Maat, Assistant Professor, Tennesse State University


About the project

The purpose of the Historically Black College and Universities and Public Health in Nashville project is to trace racial health disparities during pandemics and corresponding responses by Black institutions, especially HBCUs.

The project explores institutions and neighborhoods that have been historically underfunded, overlooked, and overburdened by pandemics. Specifically, the project focuses on HBCUs currently situated in North Nashville and the ways in which they have implemented on-the-ground responses to the pandemics that have disproportionately affected the people on and around their campuses, particularly during the TB and COVID-19 pandemics. 

The project is led by Principal Investigators at Tennessee State University and Fisk University, as well as a consultant from Meharry Medical College. It will culminate in a multi-faceted public-facing digital project.


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
St. Augustine Center, Room 410
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085

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