Founded in 1856, Wilberforce University, our nation’s oldest private, historically black university, was formed to provide an intellectual Mecca and refuge from slavery’s first rule: ignorance. ~Wilberforce University
Cochlea, vestibule, & semicircular canals discern our place among vertiginous spaces & dizzying motion, determine how we hear voices even in the margins & maintain balance among surreal sensations— like the day, decades ago, I walked through a maze of freshmen awaiting registration, mine, the only pale face among the Black crowd, their eyes poring over my disquieting steps, as if I were a skeleton at their feast. Wet behind the ears & straight out of grad school, I followed the director on my orientation. I never felt so white. My senses seemed to leave me—my head spun as words hummed & echoed through the hall. I felt myself waver on the edge of a world I’d never been aware of till then. O how I needed them— & need them still— to right me.