Whitney Pennington

Historically Black

Whitney Pennington is a second year student at the Graduate School of Journalism studying documentary production. For her master’s thesis, she is producing a short documentary (presently titled *Historically Black*) about recruitment of non-black students at Texas Southern University, one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In a recent effort to remain competitive with predominantly white institutions,
many HBCUs have begun to set their sights on attracting non-black students to their universities. By chronicling Texas Southern’s efforts to diversify and its impact on the campus community, the film explores the changing role
of HBCUs in post-segregated America and addresses what this might mean for the future of these deep-rooted institutions.