HBCUs Respond: Social Justice and Social Work Education in a Trump Era

  • Anthony T. Estreet Morgan State University
  • Kenya Jones Clark Atlanta University
  • James T. Freeman Johnson C. Smith University
Keywords: HBCUs, Social work education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, curriculum development, social justice, student learning, advocacy, oppression, Morgan State University, Clark Atlanta University, Johnson C. Smith University, Black Lives Matter, transformative learning


Given the current political climate following the election of Trump to the White House, it is important to ensure that Schools of Social Work are responding in a way that is promoting social justice, advocacy, and opposition to any form of oppression. This reflective narrative discusses how three assistant professors who are faculty in Schools of Social Work at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) engaged their students in transformational learning to embrace the aftermath of the election results. This is a reflection about empowerment and preparing future social workers to address social justice issues.

Author Biographies

Anthony T. Estreet, Morgan State University

School of Social work, Assistant Professor

Health & Addiction Research Treatment (H.A.R.T) Lab

Kenya Jones, Clark Atlanta University

School of Social Work, Assistant Professor

James T. Freeman, Johnson C. Smith University

Master of Social Work Program, Assistant Professor

The Aftermath of Historical Events