Founders Library at Howard University (Courtesy of Howard University)
Founders Library at Howard University (Courtesy of Howard University)

More than a dozen historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) received bomb threats Tuesday.

The threats, the second such in two days, came on the first day of Black History Month.

Howard University in Washington, D.C., again found itself the target of such ominous threats. The school issued a shelter-in-place order Tuesday.

“A bomb threat against the university is being investigated,” read a 3:29 a.m. alert from Howard University. “All persons on campus are advised to shelter in place until more information is available.”

The school later issued an all-clear.

The other institutions that reported bomb threats were the University of the District of Columbia; Morgan State University and Coppin State University in Baltimore; Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Ga.; Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Ky.; Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans; Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Fla.; Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss.; Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss.; Spelman College in Atlanta; Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.; and Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss.

In a statement, Morgan State President David K. Wilson said he was saddened to confirm that the school had received a bomb threat.

He said several individuals had asked about the veracity of the threat.

“Unfortunately, and sadly, it is,” he said. “The campus is being searched building-by-building this morning with our residential halls being searched first.”

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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