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‘HBCU’s in new spaces’: Chess Tournament in ATL the latest example


The first HBCU chess tournament was held this weekend and saw students from several historically Black colleges and universities gathering in Atlanta at Morehouse College to compete. Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse, and Spelman colleges were among the Atlanta HBCUs participating and is the latest example of HBCUs participating in athletic and other extracurricular activities that haven’t been part of their experience, in part due to exclusionary practices. The tournament featured over 50 players in the contest from other esteemed HBCUs such as Howard University, Hampton University, and North Carolina A&T University.

TBO says it wants to bridge the gap between chess and the Black community and promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills through chess play.  The organization’s mission and values are to establish a chapter in every HBCU and increase the chess presence in the community by exposing students to the game at an early age.


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